Letter to the Chairman from the Rt Hon Ed Balls
MP, Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families
On 7 June we launched the recruitment process for
the role of the Children's Commissioner for England. After being
identified by the recruitment panel as the strongest candidate
at the end of a very competitive and rigorous recruitment process,
I am writing to inform you that I have nominated Maggie Atkinson
to be the next Children's Commissioner. I attach Maggie's CV and
contact details for your information.
I am pleased to invite the Children, Schools and
Families Committee to hold a pre-appointment hearing. I understand
that officials in my Department have been in touch with the Committee
Clerk to arrange a provisional slot next week. I met with Maggie
last week and she is aware of the provisional date and time of
the hearing and officials here have equipped her with guidance
and information on how the hearing will be conducted.
I enclose a short memorandum for the Committee which
contains the background to the role and information on the recruitment
I look forward to your embargoed report on the hearing
which I will consider carefully. This is in line with the guidance
supporting the new proposals to increase democratic scrutiny of
key public appointments.