The six men have been appointed ‘crown representatives’ in the Cabinet Office’s efficiency and reform group.
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude said: “We’re serious about equipping the Civil Service with the right skills to help the UK compete in the global race. That’s why we’ve recruited experts from the business world, using their commercial insight to work alongside departments to get the most from relationships with our largest suppliers.
“We are spending less overall, but spending taxpayers’ money better. Our six new recruits have a big job ahead of them to build on the £800m saved by renegotiating expensive contracts in the first 10 months of this government – I’m confident they will put the full weight of their expertise behind the challenge.”
The other five are former Accenture managing partner James Hall, purchasing specialist Graham Jackson, former Imperial Tobacco IT chief David Jephson, former insurance executive Michael Wade and internet entrepreneur Rob Wilmot.