Gus O'Donnell Keynote Speaker

  • Extensive experience at the top ranks of Whitehall
  • UK Cabinet Secretary (2005-11); Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury (2002-05)
  • Chairman, Frontier Economics (2013-present)

Gus O'Donnell's Biography

Sir Gus O’Donnell GCB FBA is a former British senior civil servant, who between 2005 and 2011 served as the Cabinet Secretary, the highest official in the British Civil Service. During his tenure, he served four very different Prime Ministers and led a civil service of 450,000 people.

An economist by training, Gus was a lecturer at the University of Glasgow before entering public service by joining Her Majesty’s Treasury in 1979. He went on to hold various positions at the British Embassy in Washington, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Subsequent posts in Government included Press Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989-90) and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister (1990-94). From 2002-05, he was Permanent Secretary at the Treasury and in 2005 became Cabinet Secretary on the retirement of Lord Turnbull. He has also been Head of the Government Economics Service, the UK’s largest employer of professional economists, since 1998.

Gus joined Frontier – a microeconomics consultancy – as Senior Advisor in 2012 and became Chairman in 2013. In his role at Frontier, Gus draws on his extensive experience to provide strategic advice on all aspects of Frontier’s work. Gus also takes a key role in shaping Frontier’s development of cutting edge behavioural economics to support public and private sector decision making. He is also a trustee of the Economist Group.

Book Gus O’Donnell as a keynote speaker, send us an email.

Read More

Videos of Gus O'Donnell

An interview with Lord Gus O'Donnell (2013)
An interview with Lord Gus O'Donnell (2013)
The Civil Service (2012)
The Civil Service (2012)

Check Gus O'Donnell's speaking availability and fees

Interested in booking Gus O'Donnell to speak at an event? Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch within 24 hours.

    View our related Speakers

    Nick Southgate Speaker
    Nick Southgate
    Leading Behavioural Economist
    Jeremy Hunt Speaker
    Jeremy Hunt
    Longest serving UK Secretary of State for Health
    Evy Poumpouras Speaker
    Evy Poumpouras
    Former Special Agent of the United States Secret Service
    Jillian Kowalchuk Speaker
    Jillian Kowalchuk Speaker
    Jillian Kowalchuk
    Award-winning Tech Founder
    Olivia Fox Cabane Speaker
    Olivia Fox Cabane
    Expert on the science behind charisma and creativity
    Ian Robertson Speaker
    Ian Robertson Speaker
    Ian Robertson
    Author of 'The Stress Test', 'The Winner Effect' and 'How Confidence Works'
    Rupert Smith Speaker
    Rupert Smith
    Former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO
    Philip Delves Broughton Speaker
    Philip Delves Broughton
    Management Expert
    Darnell Moore Speaker
    Darnell Moore
    Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content & Marketing, Netflix
    Natalie Campbell Speaker
    Natalie Campbell
    Co-Founder, A Very Good Company

    We use cookies

    We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our website, to show you personalized content and targeted ads, to analyze our website traffic, and to understand where our visitors are coming from. By browsing our website, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

    Accept Cookies