Clare Chapman appointed Chair of Acas

Business Secretary Alok Sharma appoints Clare Chapman as Chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Council

Business Secretary Alok Sharma has announced the appointment of Clare Chapman as the new Chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Council.

She formerly served as Group People Director at BT Group and prior to that, Director General of Workforce at the Department of Health.

Clare will take up her new role on 27 July, replacing Sir Brendan Barber, who served two terms as Acas Chair. Sir Brendan has been in the post since 2014.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said:

"Clare has a long track record of managing relationships between employers, workers and their trade unions, in both the private and the public sectors.

"Clare’s experience will be vital as Acas continues to supports both employees and employers through this difficult period and beyond.

"I also want to extend my thanks to Sir Brendan Barber for his hard work and dedicated leadership of Acas over the last six years."

Clare Chapman said:

"I am delighted to be taking on this role. Given the uncertainty created by the Covid-19 crisis, Acas is proving its strength not just in dispute resolution but its role in helping employees and employers face the extraordinary workplace challenges that are still unfamiliar and evolving."

The appointment was made in line with the governance code for public appointments.