Lord Saatchi, Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, has announced that Jill Kirby is standing down as Director of the CPS after what he described as "three very successful years in this role". In a statement he said:
"Jill’s contribution to the work and reputation of the CPS has been immense since she took on the position in November 2007 and the Chairman and Board would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work and to congratulate her on her achievement in ensuring that the CPS is (in the words of Education Secretary Michael Gove) “at the heart of the political debate.” I have asked Lord Salisbury to chair a Nominations Committee to oversee the succession which is expected later in the year. Board Committee members will be George Bridges, former Chairman of the Conservative Research Department; Lord Forsyth, former Chairman of David Cameron’s Tax Commission, Andrew Knight, Chairman of J. Rothschild Capital Management; and Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator."
Tim Knox, currently Editor-in-Chief of the CPS, will be Acting Director.
I first started working with Jill a decade ago on various projects and have been grateful for her regular, insightful contributions to ConservativeHome. CPS will struggle to find someone who has her combination of strategic wisdom, integrity and connections.