John Beckerleg was appointed to the Audit Committee as an external member in December 2014. He is an experienced chief officer with 37 years public sector experience, including over 27 years as a strategic manager. He holds an accountancy qualification; a first class mathematics degree from Cambridge University; an MBA from Henley Management College, and has a demonstrable track record on an unusually wide range of roles and responsibilities. He is currently the Director of Supporting Services for the Chief Fire Officers Association.
He has worked as a director of resources in organisations with £750m+ turnover and has managed a range of resource functions including finance, legal, estates, ICT, human resources and procurement. He has exercised a statutory accounting officer role, including as a section 151 officer in local government. As a director of social services and a strategic manager for services to children for two local authorities, he has led the delivery of complex services and improved performance. As an interim manager for a number of organisations, including the Electoral Commission and Youth Justice Board, he has undertaken a variety of projects around service development and commissioning, including performance management, financial and risk management, and property and programme management.
He has been responsible for major organisational change including setting up new organisations, corporate management, developing relationships and working in a political environment. He has worked in local government, central government and in the health sector. More recently he has worked on the creation of a new government agency (the National Policing Improvement Agency) including preparation in the shadow year.
He has been involved in a number of cross-organisation projects including the creation of South Downs National Park Authority, a major office relocation, establishing a shared services organisation, an evaluation of shared services for police forces and the coordination of agencies supporting local government nationally. He has held a number of public sector roles including chairing two audit committees for FE colleges and is currently the Chair of the Joint Audit Committee for Northamptonshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner.