Barry Quirk

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Barry Quirk

Barry Quirk

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea , Chief Executive

Barry has been Chief Executive at Lewisham since 1994. He has worked in local government for almost 40 years, with service and management experience in six London Councils. Lewisham is an inner London Council serving a socially diverse population of 260,000 people. The Council has a directly elected Mayor and 54 Councillors.   

Barry has been involved in policy development and public management at regional and national levels for over a decade. He served a four year term (2002-6) as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of HM Revenue & Customs. He was an independent member of two capability reviews of HM Treasury (in 2001 and 2008). And for five years (until 2010) Barry served the UK Government as its National Efficiency Champion for English local government. In 2007 he produced a landmark report for Government on the potential transfer of public assets to community groups. Barry has been both the President and Chairman of SOLACE (the national association for local government chief executives). 

Barry has a PhD in social & political geography and a CBE for services to local government. He is on the Council of Goldsmiths, University of London; and is an Associate of the independent Institute for Government. He established his own strategic leadership consultancy (Publicola) in 2011.  He writes regularly on public policy and management and his book, Re-imagining Government, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2011 to critical acclaim. 

Barry was recently on secondment as the interim Head of Paid Service at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and has now continued as Chief Executive.


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