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The Iraq Inquiry Secretariat

The Secretariat supported the Inquiry Chairman and the other members of the Committee.  Its tasks included logisitcal arrangments, research, agreeing material for disclosure with Government, and preparing written material for the Committee's consideration.  For most of the Inquiry's duration, the Secretariat contained 13 posts. 

During the course of the Inquiry, the Secretariat included staff from the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Ofice, the Home Office, the Serious Fraud Office and the Department for International Development.  The Secretariat also employed a number of temporary support staff, including former members of the civil service and military. 

Iraq Inquiry Secretary, Margaret Aldred CB CBE.

The Cabinet Secretary nominated Margaret Aldred as the Secretary in June 2009 and she was seconded to the Inquiry from the Cabinet Office.  Ms Aldred joined the Civil Service as a graduate trainee in 1975.  She spent 25 years in the Ministry of Defence, where she worked in a wide range of areas, including three years as the Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary.  Her last post in the MOD was Director General Management and Organisation.  She has also worked in HM Treasury and the Home Office, and was the Deputy Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office from November 2004 to August 2009.  Ms Aldred was appointed CBE in the 1991 Gulf Honours list, and CB in the 2009 New Year Honours list. 

The Inquiry Secretariat's senior managment team has also included two Legal Advisers:

  • Stephen Myers (2012-2016). 
  • Sarah Goom (2009-2012). 

And three Deputy Secretaries:

  • Katharine Hammond (2012-2016). 
  • Clare Salters (2009-2012). 
  • Alicia Forsyth (2009-2011).