Hilary Douglas CB

Hilary has held Board roles in six major Government Departments, including the Treasury and the Department for Business. In these roles, she has had lead responsibility for the management of corporate resources, leadership development, supplier management, internal services and infrastructure.
A highly experienced board level executive with substantial change management experience, and a second career as an executive coach
During her career, Hilary has frequently led on setting up new Government bodies, closing down others, and managing the consequences of mergers and demergers. She led on major projects with significant change implications, such as large scale downsizing, relocations and projects to transform the working environment. She worked with suppliers to redesign services to match reducing resources. In all of these cases, relationship management and stakeholder engagement was vital to success. She trained as a coach some years ago to support her change management role, and has now left the civil service to coach executives in both private and public sector organisations.
Amongst her achievements she has led on…
The transformation of the Department for Trade and Industry into the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills A cross-Government task force on improving performance management skills Delivering substantial cost reductions in Departmental IT and accommodation costs The PFI project to gut and refurbish the Treasury building The Top Management Programme for prospective Board members in the private and public sectors Establishing new machinery for delivering Ministers’ policies for education Supporting Education Ministers in taking new legislation through Parliament
A graduate of New Hall, Cambridge. Qualified as a coach and as a Myers Briggs assessor. Fellow of the RSA and Member of the Company of Information Technologists Accredited Gateway Review Team leader for the Office of Government Commerce. Hilary lives in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and is married with two adult sons. Her hobbies include European languages and history, travel and walking.

Career summary

2010 – date
Douglas Associates Ltd
Executive training and support
2010 – date
Praesta Partners LLP
Executive coaching
UK Civil Service
Board level roles at OFSTED, Cabinet Office, Dept for Education and Employment, HM Treasury, Office for National Statistics, DTI/BERR/ Dept for Business Innovation and Skills
1973 - 1995
Dept for Education
Policy advice and legislation for Ministers
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