McDonalds and British Airways HR directors join government institute

Two leading human resources directors have joined the National School of Government’s Sunningdale Institute as fellows.


David Fairhurst, McDonalds chief people officer, and Tony McCarthy, British Airways’ director for people, are part of a fresh intake to the institute.


The Sunningdale Institute aims to help ministers and public service leaders with organisational development and delivery issues. It conducts research, evaluates projects, and operates a ‘knowledge exchange’ in areas such as public leadership and governance.


Cabinet secretary and institute president, Sir Gus O’Donnell, said: “Along with current members, the new tranche of fellows represents an intellectually formidable source of thought leadership on management, organisational health and governance, and brings to the Civil Service the ‘practical wisdom’ that is the hallmark of the Sunningdale Institute.”


The National School of Government is the Civil Service’s business school, and became a government department in January 2007.

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