Ann Bowtell

Dame Ann Elizabeth Bowtell DCB (née Kewell; born 25 April 1938)[1] is a British retired civil servant. She was the UK's First Civil Service Commissioner from 1993–1995.[2][3]

Dame Ann Bowtell

Ann Elizabeth Kewell

(1938-04-25) 25 April 1938 (age 82)
Alma materGirton College, Cambridge
OccupationFirst Civil Service Commissioner

Early life and educationEdit

Bowtell was born in 1938 to John Albert Kewell and Olive Rose Sims.[4]

Bowtell was educated at Kendrick Girls' School in Reading. She studied Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge,[5] where she was made an honorary fellow in 1997.[6]

In 1961, she married Michael John Bowtell. They have two sons and two daughters.[4]


  1. ^ "Birthdays today". The Telegraph. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2014. Dame Ann Bowtell, former senior civil servant, 74
  2. ^ Home news (12 February 1993). "Woman takes top job - Anne Elizabeth Bowtell". The Times. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  3. ^ Kevin, Bown (16 March 1995). "Cellnet chairman to monitor Whitehall". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 461. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  5. ^ "Educating Eve: Five Generations of Cambridge Women - Dame Ann Bowtell DCB". University of Cambridge. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  6. ^ Honorary Fellows of Girton College

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Michael Partridge
Permanent Secretary of the
Department of Social Security

Succeeded by
Rachel Lomax
Preceded by
John Holroyd (civil servant)
First Civil Service Commissioner
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Bett