Michael Bichard has worked in the public sector throughout his career ‐ 20 years in local Government and nearly ten in central Government. He was Chief Executive of Brent and Gloucestershire local authorities and in 1990 became Chief Executive of the Government's Benefits Agency. In 1995 he was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Employment Department and then the Department for Education and Employment. Michael received a Knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1999. In May 2001 he left the Civil Service and in September 2001 was appointed Rector of The London Institute, the largest Art and Design Institute in Europe, which in May 2004 became University of the Arts London. In January 2004 he was appointed by the Home Office to chair the Soham/Bichard Inquiry and on 1 April 2005 he became Chair of the Legal Services Commission.
Bichard, M. and Towl, G. (2007), "Interview with Sir Michael Bichard KCB", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 3 No. 3, pp. 59-61. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479886200700023Download as .RIS
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