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Insolvency Service announces appointment of new chief executive 29 May 2012

The Insolvency Service (IS) has announced the appointment of Dr Richard Judge as its new chief executive.

Dr Judge takes over from Stephen Speed who confirmed he would step down from his role in March.

Director general at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Bernadette Kelly, hailed the arrival of Dr Judge.

She said: “He brings a huge range of skills and relevant experience which will be invaluable to the IS over the coming years as it tackles a difficult restructuring process in the face of a changing insolvency market.”

Dr Judge joins the BIS executive agency from Cefas – an agency of DEFRA – where he has been chief executive since February 2007.

Previously, his CV includes working in the nuclear, rail and environmental sectors, both in the UK and abroad.

His experience in the civil service includes a six-month role as interim chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency.

Dr Judge added: “I’m particularly looking forward to meeting people across the IS to understand their aspirations and concerns as we set about tackling the tough issues we face.

“I will also be keen to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in taking forward our plans to create a more robust, flexible and efficient service for the future.”

He will assume the post on July 30 – until then Graham Horne, deputy inspector general and director of the Official Receiver Services, will be interim chief executive.

Meanwhile, Speed – who has been at the IS for more than four years – is set to become the director of the Energy Development Unit at the Department for Energy.

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