head of government

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head of government

Heads of government in Ireland (1919-2000)

Heads of Governments and Other Senior Officials

A Royal ‘Duty’: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in the 1970s

BEASTALL, John Sale (born 1941), Head of Local Government Group, HM Treasury, 1993–95

BICKERTON, Frank Donald (1917 - 2008), Director General, Central Office of Information, and Head of Government Information Service, 1971–74

TAYLOR, Neville (born 1930), Director-General, Central Office of Information and Head of Government Information Service, 1985–88

HALDANE, John Burdon Sanderson (1892 - 1964), author; Head of Genetics and Biometry Laboratory, Government of Orissa, since 1962

DEVEREAU, (George) Michael (born 1937), Head of Government Information Service, 1990–97; Chief Executive (formerly Director General), Central Office of Information, 1989–96

MARTIN, Thomas Acquin (1850 - 1906), Agent-General to Government of Afghanistan; head of Martin & Co., civil engineers, Calcutta and London

338PA comparative study to evaluate treatment patterns and resulting utility in patients of head & neck cancers under private payment scheme and government scheme

WILSON, Anthony (1928 - 2012), Head of Government Accountancy Service and Chief Accounting Adviser to HM Treasury, 1984–88

JENKINS, Paul (Christopher) (born 1954), HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of Government Legal Service, 2006–14

FOUBISTER, Stuart Russell (born 1958), Head of Economy and Transport Division, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, since 2011

JONES, Jonathan Guy (born 1962), HM Procurator General, Treasury Solicitor and Head of Government Legal Service, since 2014

FRANCIS, Arthur Gordon (1880 - 1958), retired as Acting Head of the Government Chemist’s Department, 1944

MURPHY, (John) Philip (born 1958), Vice-President and Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, BG Group, since 2013

McALPINE, Robert (1847 - 1934), JP; head of McAlpine & Sons, Government and Public Works Contractors

FLETCHER, Neil (born 1944), education consultant, since 2003; Head of Education, Local Government Association, 1998–2003


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Person responsible for carrying on the business of government and for leading the team of ministers who control the central institutions of the government and the state. In democratic presidential systems such as Russia and the United States, the head of state also serves as head of government. In parliamentary systems the head of government is normally the leader of the largest party in the legislature. In a presidential system the head of government draws legitimacy from popular election, in a parliamentary system from the strength of support in the legislature. In France the head of state, a president elected for a seven‐year term, does not serve as head of government, but may chair meetings of the cabinet and exercises direct responsibility for matters of defence and foreign policy. In addition, the president may also appoint and dismiss the prime minister. In non‐democratic systems the head of government, who may also be head of state, may have been appointed as a result of military intervention, or some other device for managing power.


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