Adrian Dottridge, Director of People Transformation, Ministry of Defence
Adrian joined the Civil Service in 1995 and has held a range of roles across Government. He joined the Government Economic Service and worked in Agriculture, Customs and Excise and DWP before joining the Treasury in 2005, working on firstly Civil Service and then wider public sector pay and pensions policy.
Adrian had a career break for two years from 2007 to 2009 where he looked after his two young (at the time) children full time.
Upon returning to work, Adrian worked on corporate performance and business planning in the Department of Education before joining the SCS at Cabinet Office in 2010. Adrian led on reforms to Civil Service terms and conditions, including the changes to the Civil Service pension scheme, and in 2013 moved to his first SCS2/2* role as Director of Civil Service Workforce Reform, a post that sat within the central Civil Service HR command of the Cabinet Office. Adrian was SRO for the implementation of the pension changes that took place from 2012 to 2015 and through this gained experience in Major Project leadership, going through and completing the Major Projects Leadership Academy.
At the end of 2015 Adrian moved to the Home Office to lead on strategy, change and a number of other corporate and business functions for UK Visas and Immigration, one of the operational commands. He led the transformation of the organisation, managing a portfolio of some 70 technology and business change projects. He was a board member for UKVI and sat on the investment committee for the wider Home Office. Adrian led the internal ‘Great Place to Work’ mission and was the UKVI board champion for diversity and inclusion. He also set up and led a team on a compensation scheme for members of the Windrush generation, taking it through to public consultation.
Adrian moved to MOD in August 2018 as Director, Armed Forces People Policy, where he led on a number of policy areas such as remuneration and accommodation. In February 2019 his role changed to Director, People Transformation; he is accountable for the Defence-level work to transform the People function, which comprise setting up a functional portfolio of change and strengthening the Operating Model for the people function, to help deliver the vision and People strategy for Defence.
Adrian is a qualified economist. He has two children and commutes into London from Kent. Outside work he tries to keep fit in the gym and playing around with music software.