Paul Caldwell has been announced as the incoming Interim Chief Executive of the Rural Payments Agency following the news that Chief Executive Mark Grimshaw has decided to stand down after more than six years. Paul Caldwell, who is the Basic Payment Scheme Operational Delivery Director has held several senior positions within the RPA since 2001 including becoming the Operations Director in 2010.
Environment Secretary, Andrea Leadsom said: “In the six months that I have worked with Mark I have been grateful for his clear commitment to resolving outstanding BPS issues. Both he and Paul Caldwell have worked hard to achieve a strong recovery from the challenges of the first year of this new system. The agency remains fully focussed on paying all remaining eligible claims as quickly as possible including those outstanding from 2015.”