Thursday, 09 December 2010 11:22

Top civil servant to leave DEFRA

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Top civil servant to leave DEFRA

TOP DEFRA civil servant Helen Ghosh has been appointed Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.

Dame Helen will leave her post as DEFRA Permanent Secretary to take up the role when Sir David Normington retires at the end of the year.

She becomes the Home Office's first female Permanent Secretary in its 228 year history.

Dame Helen has been Permanent Secretary at DEFRA since 2005.

Before that, she had extensive policy and management experience in the Department for Work and Pensions, Revenue and Customs and the Cabinet Office.

She said she was looking forward to supporting Home Secretary Theresa May take forward her radical policy programme.

Cabinet secretary Gus O'Donnell said Dame Helen had an outstanding record of organisational leadership as Permanent Secretary at DEFRA, and from previous senior leadership roles.

"Her appointment will ensure the Home Office is very capably led through the significant changes ahead."

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