Dr. Clive Grace, B.Soc Sci., MA, D.Phil, PDM, FRSA, Solicitor, OBE

Clive is an experienced International Consultant, a role built on extensive senior executive and non-executive roles in government and public service, and in the commercial sector.   He specialises in public services, governance and the practice and policy of performance management, building on the foundations of his work as a local authority Chief Executive, senior public sector lawyer, and public auditor.

He has led a series of reviews of public services bodies and policies, including those of the National Foundation for Educational Research, the National Youth Agency, and the Northern Ireland LGA, and projects related to the Children’s Improvement Board, Supporting People, Local Government Interventions, Solace and Solace Enterprises, and Best Value Audit.  He has played a leading role in both academic and policy research in the performance management of UK local government, and with Steve Martin produced ‘Getting Better all the Time?’.  He was responsible for shaping and delivering the Wales Programme for Improvement, and was the Audit Commission UK lead on improvement.

He is a Senior Advisor to the Forum of Federations, and does extensive work on decentralisation, civil service reform and public services benchmarking in Tunisia, Nepal, and elsewhere.  He is an Honorary Research Fellow in international public services at Cardiff Business School, and with Tim Allen and Steve Martin he is currently the ESRC Local Government Knowledge Navigator. He is Chair of UK Shared Business Services Ltd,  a £60m. pa. business supporting BIS, the Research Councils and others with shared services.  He also Chairs the Board of BT Wales, and he is a NED (and former SID) on the Board of Nominet.

He was formerly Chair of the Local Better Regulation Office (2007-2012), Chair of Supporta plc (2007-2010), Director-General of the Audit Commission in Wales and Deputy Auditor-General (2002-2005) and Chief Executive of Torfaen County Borough Council (1995-2002).  He was also a member of the Financial Reporting Council, the steward of the UK Code of Corporate Governance, from 2003-2007, with a special brief for public sector entities.

He holds a BSocSci from Birmingham University, an MA in Government from the University of California, a D Phil from Oxford University, and a Professional Diploma in Management from the Open University.  He is also a qualified lawyer.  He was made an OBE in the 2013 New Years Honours list.