Jeremy Newman

Chair of The Workforce Development Trust group

Jeremy Newman is currently Deputy Chair of the Government Legal Department and Chair of their Audit & Risk Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of the Crown Prosecution Service; Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Social Investment Business; a Non-Executive member of Social & Sustainable Capital LLP; a Governor and Chair of the Audit Committee of North Hertfordshire College; and Chair of Trustees of a local primary school.

He is also Chair of Optionis, a private equity backed business providing accounting, payroll, tax and professional employment solutions to the flexible workforce in the UK. Jeremy was previously Chair of the Audit Commission, Chair of the Single Source Regulations Office and a member of the Council of the Open University. He has been a trustee of a number of charities particularly in the education and health sectors.

He is a Chartered Accountant and was at BDO for over 33 years until 2011, one of the world’s leading professional services firms; latterly as their Global CEO and prior to that as Managing Partner of their UK firm.