A former NHS nurse has been introduced in to deliver order and self-discipline to the chaos of Boris Johnson’s faltering Downing Street machine.
Samantha Jones, 50, turned No 10’s first chief working officer in February as a part of the prime minister’s revamp of his workforce.
Just how highly effective her position could be emerged this week. The present No 10 operation, alongside groups within the Cabinet Office supporting Johnson and his high desk of ministers, will likely be in a bunch led by her.
Her rank of everlasting secretary is the second most senior official on the centre of presidency beneath the cupboard secretary, Simon Case.
But amid whispers that Case has been broken by the Partygate revelations – many civil servants beneath him have been fined and he was current at greater than one of many occasions investigated by Scotland Yard – she appears to have been handed a big chunk of the cupboard secretary’s former duties.
It is a uncommon and steep rise in Whitehall to the very high of the civil service for somebody outdoors the same old route adopted by high mandarins.
Most of her colleagues of comparable rank could have been quick tracked by Oxbridge and the senior ranks of main authorities departments.
Jones labored her approach by the NHS to turn into the chief government of two hospital trusts. She has solely been working in Downing Street since final April. She was appointed because the prime minister’s high adviser on NHS transformation and social care.
She started her profession as a nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital for kids in London however quickly moved into administration, collaborating within the NHS’s two-year graduate administration coaching scheme.
In an interview, she mentioned: “I said, ‘I don’t know why I want to be a manager, but I’ve got four brothers. I’m too stroppy. I have to stand by my beds while the consultant does his ward round and I’m not allowed to speak until I’m spoken to — and I’m not having any of that.’ ”
Jones turned the chief government of Epsom and St Helier NHS belief and later the West Hertfordshire hospitals NHS belief, and was one of many youngest chief executives in England. She additionally labored as a director of care methods at NHS England.
She entered Downing Street after working within the personal sector. She turned CEO within the UK of Centene, a part of a US personal well being group, which not too long ago turned one of many largest main care suppliers in England, with 58 practices and greater than 500,000 sufferers.
Her subsequent re entry into the general public sector led some to imagine she was being lined up for final yr’s vacant CEO place of NHS England however in the long run the job went to a different excessive NHS flyer, Amanda Pritchard.
Whitehall insiders hope that her administration expertise will likely be helpful in assessing whether or not the construction of Downing Street is as efficient correctly.
A mom of twins, she as soon as mentioned her favorite books embrace Machiavelli’s The Prince, whereas her dream ceremonial dinner friends would come with Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, David Walliams and Nelson Mandela.