New financial chief to head cut-back MoD

IN CHARGE Jon Thompson
IN CHARGE Jon Thompson
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A NEW official has been appointed at the top of the Ministry of Defence.

Jon Thompson will become the department’s most senior civil servant from Monday, September 3.

He replaces the outgoing Permanent Secretary, Ursula Brennan, who is leaving to join the Ministry of Justice after two years in the role.

Mr Thompson joined the MoD in January 2009 when he took up his current post as director general of finance. He is responsible for financial management strategy and corporate services at a time of severe Whitehall cutbacks.

The 48-year-old has spent most of his career in the civil service, having working for the Department of Education, Ofsted and two local authorities.

He has also worked for Ernst & Young and in international financial services.

In a message to defence staff yesterday, Mr Thompson said: ‘It is a considerable honour to have been selected to lead the MOD as the Permanent Secretary as we transform the organisation whilst ensuring success on operations.’