Lesley Cowley OBE has been appointed as the first non-executive chair of the DVLA.
Mrs Cowley’s appointment follows a review of DVLA in 2013 in which it was recommended that a non-executive chair should be appointed to work jointly with the chief executive on strategic direction for the Agency.
Mrs Cowley, who was previously chief executive of Nominet, one of the world’s leading internet registry companies, will take up her new post on 20 October.
Mrs Cowley joins the DVLA as it sets about “transforming its business” in a bid to reduce costs, simplify processes and allow easier access to its services. It is hoped that her background in IT will assist in this process.
Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary at the DfT, said: “Lesley has a passion for IT and brings with her significant experience at a senior level in the sector.
“This new role will be vital in supporting and driving forward the organisation as it continues transforming its services.”
Oliver Morley, DVLA chief executive, said: “These are exciting and challenging times for DVLA as we continue to transform our business. Lesley’s knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to help us deliver simpler, better, safer services.”