Bob Niven

Bob Niven

Mr Niven, who lives in Hatfield, is a retired senior civil servant.  He joined the civil service in 1974, having graduated from Oxford University with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, followed by an MA in Political Science from Michigan State University and a B. Phil in Management Studies from Oxford University.  His final post on retirement in 1999 was director of equal opportunities legislation policy at the then Department for Education and Employment.

Following his departure from the civil service, Mr Niven became the chief executive of the Disability Rights Commission until September 2007.  After a number of board appointments, including as chair of the Mental Health Helplines Partnership and at the Office of the Public Guardian, Mr Niven served as the resident independent adviser to the Israeli Equal Employment Opportunities Commission under a two-year, EU-supported capacity-building project until February 2012.