Former McKinsey CIO Mike Wright joins DBS boardroom

The Disclosure and Barring Service has named two representatives to its management set up, including technology and HR experts that will provide advice and support to the Home Office agency

The Disclosure and Barring Service has named two new associate board members, including the former worldwide IT chief for consulting heavyweight McKinsey.

Associate board appointees, according to the DBS website, represent “senior figures from outside DBS who bring a mix of expertise and skills from across the public and private sector”.

Their role is to help “oversee performance, set the strategic direction for the DBS, [and] support and challenge management” of the Home Office arm’s-length body. Appointments are made for an initial term of three years, but can be extended beyond this point.

Among the two new associates newly added to the DBS board is Mike Wright who, according to his biography on GOV.UK, “has had four technology leadership roles in the last 25 years”.

The most recent of these was as global CIO for McKinsey and Company – the world’s largest management consultancy. While in post, Wright “led several digital transformations over a 10-year period [and] also had responsibility for data and cyber security”.

Prior to his stint at McKinsey, the tech chief also held senior IT leadership positions at investment companies Man Group and Fidelity International, as well as advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.

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“All his CIO roles have spanned multiple international locations, with a respective focus on Switzerland, India, and the USA, coupled with the UK,” his biography adds. “In addition to these CIO roles, Mike has seen the financial services industry and IT function from a number of vantage points. Between 1984 and 1997, he worked as a consultant at both Accenture and McKinsey on various IT and general business assignments; he founded and ran a software products company for four years, and was also a non-executive director of another software start up specialising in digital rights management.”

Also being appointed to the DBS board is Jackie Green, who has previously served as assistant chief executive of former government body the Housing Corporation – which, until 2008, directed funding and policy, and enforced regulation, for affordable and social housing. She also spent a cumulative period of 12 years as an HR director for two major NHS trusts.

Her GOV.UK biography says: “Throughout her career, Jackie has successfully led major organisational and cultural change, championing collaborative working, introducing innovative approaches, and achieving sustainable improvements in environments typically characterised by scale, complexity, and significant risk.”

DBS provides a range of pre-employment checks for organisations in the public and private sectors. A basic check provides information on a person’s criminal convictions and police cautions, while checks at standard and enhanced levels are more in-depth are used by employers hiring people to work in roles of great responsibility or regulated professions – most notably the education and healthcare sectors.

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