Peter Wanless has been the Big Lottery Fund's chief executive since 1 February 2008. In January 2013 it was announced that he would become NSPCC's next chief executive in June.
He was previously at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, where he established their Families Group. Before that he was director of School Performance and Reform.
Between 1998 and 2003 Peter was the department’s director of strategy and communications. He previously worked at the Treasury, operating in a range of roles including head of private finance policy and principal private Secretary to three Cabinet ministers.
Peter read international history and politics at Leeds University before joining the Civil Service. He was educated at Sheldon School in Chippenham, where his father taught music.
Peter is married with a young son and was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2007 New Year Honours List for distinguished public service.
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