Richard Mottram

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"Sir Richard Mottram is a member of the IDEAS Advisory Board. He was educated at the University of Keele where he read International Relations. (He was awarded a Hon. D. Litt. by Keele in 1996). On graduation in 1968 he entered the civil service and for much of his career worked on defence strategy, defence policy (including nuclear policy), and the size and shape of the defence programme. From 1982-86 he was the principal private secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence. From 1989-92 he was the Policy director-general in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) at the end of the Cold War, and was responsible for the "Options for Change" defence review. From 1992-2007 he held a number of permanent secretary posts, including of the Ministry of Defence (1995-98) during the strategic defence review and, finally, in the Cabinet Office (2005-07) as permanent secretary for intelligence, security, and resilience and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. His Cabinet Office responsibilities included the funding of the intelligence agencies and counter-terrorism strategy leading to the 2006 white paper "Countering International Terrorism: the United Kingdom's Strategy" (Cm 6888)

"He is currently connected with a number of private sector, government, and third sector organisations, including as chairman of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the MOD, and vice-chairman of the board of the Ditchley Foundation. He is a visiting Professor in the department of Government of the LSE and teaches about leadership in the LSE's MPA. "[1]

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  1. LSE IDEAS Richard Mottram, organizational web page, accessed April 12, 2012.
  2. Amey Executive board, organizational web page, accessed July 10, 2012.