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Ms Alexis Cleveland, CB BSc

Alexis joined Council as a lay member on 1 August 2011. She is Vice-Chair of Council, Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of Remuneration Committee and the Governance and Nominations Committee.

A Durham City resident and former senior civil servant, she is active in public, private, voluntary and philanthropic sectors.

Having gained a BSc in Statistics and Geography from Salford University she became a Lecturer and RA in Statistics and Econometrics before joining the Civil Service as a fast stream Assistant Statistician and becoming Head of the Analytical Services Division at the DSS HQ in October 1985.

She moved through policy, operations and IT roles to become Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency, part of the Department of Work and Pensions in April 2000 with responsibility to oversee its restructure into five separate businesses. She became Chief Executive of the The Pension Service in April 2002 before moving to the Cabinet Office Management in 2007. She also undertook other roles including a Capability Review of Ministry of Defence, a non-executive Director at DCMS in the run up to London 2012 Olympics, and at Defra.

Alexis has a portfolio of non-executive/adviser roles in public, private and not for profit organisations.