The Administration Directorate survived in various forms from 1965 to 1995 and was primarily concerned with the internal organisation and functioning of the CBI. It had a close working relationship with the Secretariat as is clearly demonstrated by the dual position of Secretary and Director of Administration. Consequently many files relating to the Directorate are filed with the Secretariat under the appropriate Secretary at MSS.200/C/3/S. In 1988 the Directorate was retitled the Finance, Personnel and Administration, Conferences and Marketing Directorate which in 1990 was divided into the Finance Directorate; the Personnel and Administration Directorate; and the Marketing, Conferences and Publications Directorate (from 1993 retitled the Commercial Directorate).
Directors have been J. Gough (1965-73), E.M. Felgate (1973-8), D.E. Jackson (1978-85) and M.W. Hunt (1986-90). In 1989 Hunt became a Deputy Director General and retained in this capacity and as Secretary a general supervisory role when the Administration Directorate was split in 1990. Finance went to Ray Squires, Personnel and Administration to Chris Veall and Marketing, etc./Commercial to Tony Bird.
The original 1981 arrangement of the files broadly reflected the individual who created or was responsible for the papers. This arrangement has been respected where the papers do reflect the remit of an individual. Where files are kept by individuals in their capacity as officers of a particular committee, the papers have been arranged according to the appropriate committee. The three 1981 categories have been reduced to two (the Garner Papers and papers of the Working Party on the Fulton Committee) as those files deemed miscellaneous in 1981 were found to stem from Garner; of the two categories added in 1992 one has been kept (papers of the Working Party on the Devlin Commission) and the other has been transferred as the files were derived from the Public Affairs Directorate