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Peter Wanless

Peter Thomas Wanless, CB (born 25 September 1964) is an English executive and former civil servant. Since 2013, he has been the chief executive officer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). In July 2014, he was appointed by the British government to head a review into historical sex abuse claims

Peter Wanless
CB
Chief Executive Officer of the NSPCC
Assumed office
June 2013
Chief Executive Officer of the Big Lottery Fund
In office
February 2008 – May 2013
Personal details
Born Peter Thomas Wanless
(1964-09-25) 25 September 1964 (age 54)
Education Sheldon School
Alma mater University of Leeds
INSEAD
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath (2007)

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Early lifeEdit

Wanless was born on 25 September 1964.[1] He was educated at Sheldon School, then a comprehensive school in Chippenham, Wiltshire.[2] He then studied International History and Politics at the University of Leeds, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1986.[3][2][4] He has since studied on the Advanced Management Programme at Insead.[3][2]

CareerEdit

After joining the Civil Service, he held a variety of posts at the HM Treasury, including Head of Private Finance Policy, and Principal Private Secretary to three Cabinet Ministers.[5] including Michael Portillo, both when Portillo was Chief Secretary to the Treasury and later as Secretary of State for Employment.[6] Wanless later held senior positions within the Department for Education and Skills and its successor the Department for Children, Schools and Families,[2][7] including Director of School Performance and Reform and Director of Strategy and Communications.[5][2][7]

Wanless was CEO of the Big Lottery Fund between February 2008 and May 2013.[2] Since June 2013, he has been the chief executive officer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).[8] He is a non-executive director of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), which operates academy schools in South East England.[9]

Wanless InquiryEdit

In July 2014, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that he would be leading a review into historical sex abuse claims.[10][11] His report, written with Richard Whittam QC, was published in November 2014. It "found nothing to support a concern that files had been deliberately or systematically removed or destroyed to cover up organised child abuse", but also said that it was "not possible to say whether files were ever removed or destroyed to cover up or hide allegations of organised or systematic child abuse by particular individuals because of the systems then in place".[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Married with one son, the family live in Seal, Kent.[11] Wanless is a lifelong supporter of Somerset County Cricket Club where he serves on the committee.[13] He describes himself as a "fan of jangly guitars, indie pop, Somerset cricket, Borgen....".[14]

HonoursEdit

In the 2007 New Year Honours, he was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his role as Director of School Performance and Reform in the Department for Education and Skills.[15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "WANLESS, Peter Thomas". Who's Who 2015. Oxford University Press. November 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kelly, Annie (12 November 2008). "Giving it all away". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Peter Wanless". LinkedIn. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ "CRUSADER WITH WHITEHALL BACKGROUND". Daily Mail. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Executive Profile: Peter Wanless". Business Week. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Interview: Peter Wanless, head of NSPCC". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Peter WANLESS". People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  8. ^ Ainsworth, David (23 January 2013). "NSPCC appoints Peter Wanless as chief executive". ThirdSector. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  9. ^ Peter Wanless, TKAT Archived 11 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 7 July 2014
  10. ^ "May asks NSPCC boss to head child abuse review". BBC News. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  11. ^ a b SPDoran (7 July 2014). "Sevenoaks charity chief Peter Wanless appointed to probe historical Westminster child sex allegations". Sevenoaks Chronicle. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  12. ^ "'No cover-up found' in abuse review by Peter Wanless". BBC News. 11 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Peter Wanless". Sporting memories. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  14. ^ Profile at ThisIsMyJam.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014
  15. ^ "Peter Wanless". HuffPost. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  16. ^ "No. 58196". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 2006. p. 2.