Moira Gibb

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Dame Moira Gibb
Moira Margaret Gibb

April 1950[1]
Occupation(s)Public servant
Former social worker

Dame Moira Margaret Gibb DBE (born 1950) is a British public servant and former social worker.

Early life and education[edit]

Gibb studied engineering for two years at the University of Glasgow.[2] She then transferred courses, and studied French and Psychology,[2] graduating with an undergraduate Master of Arts degree.[3] She later studied social work at the University of Edinburgh,[2] graduating with a diploma in social administration.[3]


On graduation she became a teacher at a secondary modern school in Newham, East London.[2] She then qualified as a social worker. She rose through the profession to become deputy director of social services in Kensington and Chelsea in 1988, and then became director in 1990. In 2003 she was appointed chief executive of Camden Borough Council.[2] She remained in this post until 2011.[4]

Other work[edit]

Gibb has been a non-executive director of the NHS England Board, the UK Statistics Authority, and is chair of Skills for Care.[5][6][7]

Gibb is a member of the Council of Reading University, and was formerly a Civil Service Commissioner, a director for Achieving for Children Ltd and a director of the London Marathon.[6][7] She is also chair of governors of City Lit.[8]


From 2014, Gibb chaired the Serious Case Review of safeguarding at Southbank International School following the William Vahey case.[4] The report was delivered in 2016, and concluded that "positive steps have already been taken" but that there was "still much to be done".[9]

Gibb chaired the Church of England independent review (announced in February 2016) into the case of former bishop of Gloucester Peter Ball, who was imprisoned in 2015 for sexual abuse.[4] The report was published in June 2017 and concluded: "Ball's priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others".[10] The report resulted in George Carey being asked to step down as an honorary assistant bishop by Justin Welby, the current archbishop of Canterbury.[11]


Gibb was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.[3] In the 2012 New Year Honours, she was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) "for services to social work".[7][12]


  1. ^ "Moira Margaret GIBB – Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". Government of the United Kingdom.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hetherington, Peter (21 May 2003). "Profile: Moira Gibb". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c 'GIBB, Dame Moira', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 22 June 2017
  4. ^ a b c "Dame Moira Gibb announced as Chair of independent review into Peter Ball case". Church of England. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Skills for Care Our board". Skills for Care. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b "NHS England " NHS England Board". .uk. NHS England. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "Dame Moira Gibb DBE". UK Statistics Authority. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Governors – City Lit". City Lit. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  9. ^ Booth, Robert (20 January 2016). "Safeguarding at London school where teacher abused boys 'still not adequate'". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  10. ^ "The Independent Peter Ball Review" (pdf). Church of England. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  11. ^ Sherwood, Harriet (22 June 2017). "Justin Welby asks George Carey to quit over church abuse report". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  12. ^ Richardson, Hannah (31 December 2011). "Inner city head teacher made a dame by Queen – BBC News". BBC. Retrieved 28 February 2017.