Former Civil Service head Lord Sedwill joins BAE’s board

Former Civil Service head and Afghanistan ambassador Lord Sedwill joins BAE’s board

Well informed: Lord Sedwill will become a non-executive director at BAE in November

A former head of the Civil Service is joining BAE’s board.

Lord Sedwill, who worked for prime ministers Theresa May and Boris Johnson, will become a non-executive director of the UK’s largest defence business in November. The job typically comes with an £85,000 a year fee.

In his final decade in public service, he was British ambassador and Nato representative in Afghanistan, Foreign Office political director and Home Office permanent secretary.

That period culminated in him serving as national security adviser from 2017 to 2020 and Cabinet Secretary from 2018 to 2020.

His appointment comes as heightened tensions around the globe triggered by war in Ukraine have led to an increase in government spending on defence. 

BAE said Sedwill’s international experience would prove vital for BAE in the current climate.

Chairman Sir Roger Carr said: ‘He is globally respected. He will bring well-informed geopolitical and economic perspectives to the board.’