COLIN Kniveton, the top civil servant who went to the Channel Islands on secondment, is to return to a new role in the Isle of Man.
Mr Kniveton is the chief executive officer of the Department of Economic Development.
But he has spent the last four months in Sark, where he helped to set up a modern and democratic system of government.
The island had been accused of having a feudal system.
But when he returns to the Isle of Man next week, Mr Kniveton will not return to the DED.
Instead, he will review the range of services the government provides.
The review is part of the Council of Ministers’ response to the 2012 Scope of Government report, which recommended that what a press statement describes as a ‘central promotion of alternative means of service delivery’ should be headed by a minister and supported by a civil servant of chief officer rank.
In his new position in the chief secretary’s office, Mr Kniveton will be reporting, through the chief secretary, to the business change steering group, a Council of Ministers sub-committee chaired by Treasury Minister Eddie Teare MHK, which is overseeing the review of service delivery by all departments, statutory boards and offices.
Mr Kniveton worked in financial services before joining the civil service in 1998 as director of finance with the Water Authority. He moved to the Treasury in 2001 and in 2006 was appointed chief officer of the then Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
In April 2010 he was selected to become chief officer of the newly formed Department of Economic Development, from which role he was seconded to work in Sark.
Department of Social Care chief executive Chris Corlett will continue his secondment to the DED.
Yvette Mellor will continue as acting CEO of the DSC.
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