The revolving door watchdog, the Advisory Committee of Business Appointments (ACoBA), appears to have finally shown some teeth in refusing to approve a retrospective application from the MOD’s former HR chief. But he will still be able to take up the role.
ACoBA’s exists to try and prevent former public officials from exploiting their government contacts or using insider information for the benefit of private employers. Ministers and senior civil servants are expected to seek advice before accepting positions outside government. But when the Armed Forces charity, Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Family Association, announced their appointment of Sir Andrew Gregory, it was the first ACoBA had heard of it.
The committee sent a letter to Sir Gregory expressing their ‘concern’ about his late application and refusing to give their approval. However, as ACoBA is only an advisory body there is nothing stopping him from taking the appointment anyway.Read More