James Driver, Acting Secretary
James Driver joined the Inquiry in January 2011 as Assistant Secretary, before taking over as Acting Secretary in June 2012. James has worked in the Cabinet Office since joining the civil service in 2004. Until 2007, he was an Assistant Director in the Better Regulation Executive where he developed the 2006 government-wide action plan to reduce red tape and save business and the third sector over £2billion. From 2007-2011, he was Assistant Director in the Civil Contingencies Directorate, leading work on preparing and responding to the biggest threats and hazards faced by the UK, such as the 2009 influenza pandemic. James joined the Department of Health in May 2013 as Head of the team responsible for the Mandate to the NHS.
Alun Evans, Secretary (until June 2012)
Alun Evans is a senior civil servant who has worked in a number of central government departments. Most recently he was Head of Strategy at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). Prior to that he was Director General in the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills (DIUS) and Director General (Transformation) in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). He was Secretary to the Inquiry into the Lessons to be Learned from the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease. He has also been Head of Strategic Communications at 10 Downing St and Director of Communication to the former Deputy Prime Minister. He was Principal Private Secretary to successive Secretaries of State for Educations and Employment from 1998-2000. Alun is also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.
Sara Carnegie, Solicitor (until May 2012)
Sara Carnegie is a senior case lawyer on secondment to the Inquiry from the Crown Prosecution Service. She was called to the Bar in 1998 and has worked as an employed barrister at the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in both the prosecution and Serious Organised Crime divisions since 2001. During this time she prosecuted complex cases involving drug and excise importations, money laundering, corruption and VAT frauds. Sara worked on the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry from January 2008 until joining the Detainee Inquiry in February 2011, and was Solicitor to that Inquiry from December 2009-February 2011.
Other Secretariat Staff
At the outset, the Secretariat had a number of staff seconded from Government Departments. They came from the Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence. None of those staff had worked in the Security and Intelligence Agencies. Since July 2012 the Inquiry has been staffed by a reduced number.