Mike Watts

Mike spent twenty-one years in the Civil Service, all within the Education Department and in many varying roles. He was APS and Diary Manager to John Butcher MP and then Alan Howarth MP. He was also the Departments Cabinet Documents Officer and worked directly to three Secretary of State’s at the Department, Kenneth Clarke MP, John Patten MP and to Gillian Shephard MP.

He became Deputy Parliamentary Clerk in 1995 before moving to the position of Lords Researcher to Baroness Ashton working direct to the Minister on all aspects of Lords Business from PQs to Legislation. He then returned to the Parliamentary Team as Parliamentary Clerk and after a Machinery of Government change in 2007 that created two Departments from the old DfES (DCSF and DIUS) he became the Parliamentary Clerk for the joint Departments.

In July 2008 Mike became the Head of the Parliamentary Unit at Dods training, leading on the design, and delivery of bespoke programmes on Parliament and Government. Since May 2010 Mike has worked with numerous Government Departments including the CO, DfID, HO, MoD, FCO, MoJ, Land Registry, HMT, HMRC, DCLG, BIS, DECC, VOA, IPSA, DfE and DfT.