Carol Bernard

Carol Bernard

External Co-opted Committee Member of the Finance and Employment Committee


Carol has a rich and diverse career leading some of the most transformative public-sector change programmes of the last two decades. As Executive Director for Civil Service HR, Carol leads a cross-government programme on Line Management Capability for the Civil Service. Carol is also a Non Executive Director for the Government Property Agency. Previously, as Director of People & Places and Executive Committee member for the Cabinet Office, Carol spearheaded a significant reorganisation to achieve an unprecedented change to the geographical footprint.

Carol was previously Head of HR Strategy at the Ministry of Defence, and Head of Defence Security and Business Resilience, which followed her role as Deputy Director of Integration and Readiness for the London 2012 Olympics, Head of Knowledge and Information Strategy at the Ministry of Justice, and Group Director of Corporate Management for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Her early career was spent with policing, prisons and probation organisations, where she was awarded a CBE in 2005 for Services to the National Probation Service.

Carol holds a Masters in Business Administration, an MA in Social Policy and is a qualified HR professional and social worker. Carol also holds an MA in International Security Strategy and is an alumna of the Royal College of Defence Studies. Carol was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in 2021.

Period of Office: 7 February 2023 to 31 July 2026.


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