Home Office shuffles ID Cards team

The Home Office has announced the top team of executives who will run the new Identity and Passport Service, which came into operation following the enactment of the ID Cards Bill.

The Home Office has announced the top team of executives who will run  the new Identity and Passport Service, which came into operation following the enactment of the ID Cards Bill.

The IPS will oversee the introduction of the national identity scheme as well as taking over the existing passport service. It will be responsible for issuing both passports and ID cards.

The creation of the new agency sees Katherine Courtney, former head of the Home Office’s ID card programme become executive director of business development.

Alan Barnish, who has been running the IPS as a shadow body ahead of its formal establishment, will continue as acting chief executive until a permanent appointment is made in late summer or early autumn.

Bernard Herdan, formerly chief executive of the passport service becomes the IPS’s director of service delivery, while Annette Vernon, previously director of e-delivery at the Department for Constitutional Affairs, will be the new agency’s chief information officer.

The executive director of corporate services post is currently vacant but has been advertised.

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