Assessment of Diana (Dido) Harding's Skills and Experience

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

If refer you to your FOI response reference FOI 1226684.

In FOI response 1226684 you state

"Baroness Harding was appointed to lead the programme of testing and tracing as part of the government’s ongoing response to Covid-19 in line with the long-standing practice that ministers can directly appoint individuals to undertake short-term pieces of work.

Baroness Harding also holds public appointments as the Chair of NHS improvement and a non- executive director of the Court of the Bank of England.

In both cases, her skills and experience were independently assessed prior to appointment."

You have cited three positions:
Leading the programme of testing and tracing
Chair of NHS Improvement
Non-executive director of the Court of the Bank of England

Then said "In both cases, her skills and experience were independently assessed". The word "both" suggests two, not three, positions. So please tell me which of the three roles the statement "In the both cases...." is referring to.

Also please tell me which person or organisation carried out these independent assessments of Harding's skills and experience.

Thank you for your help.

Yours faithfully,

Gemma Lockton

Department of Health and Social Care

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