Both Houses have decided that the next phase of the restoration and renewal programme should be overseen by a sponsor board and delivery authority. While it is anticipated that these bodies will be placed on a substantive footing by primary legislation in due course, the Commissions of both Houses have agreed to establish the sponsor board in shadow form, with the following members:
Elizabeth Peace CBE (Chair)
Lord Carter of Coles
Lord Deighton KBE
Right hon. the Lord Geidt GCB GCVO OBE
Neil Gray MP
Right hon. Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP
Marta Phillips OBE
Baroness Scott of Needham Market
Simon Thurley CBE
Simon Wright OBE
The shadow sponsor board will act as the single client accountable to Parliament and own the budget, business case and scope of the programme.
The recruitment of the Chair and the other external members was overseen by an independent recruitment panel, chaired by the right hon. Dame Janet Paraskeva DBE, a former First Civil Service Commissioner. Other recruitment panel members possessed major projects and heritage experience. The panel’s role was to make a recommendation to the Commissions regarding the most appropriate candidates for the roles following a full and open competition. The panel unanimously recommended the appointment of the Chair and the other external members. The appointment of the external members is subject to satisfactory references and security clearance.
The parliamentarians on the board were nominated by the political parties and groups in both Houses.