Women in GovTechSarah Healey appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at the DCMS

Sarah Healey appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at the DCMS

The Cabinet Secretary announced that Sarah Healey, the new Permanent Secretary at the DCMS, will start in her new position from next month

Sarah Healey has been named as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following an internal recruitment competition.

The appointment followed the resignation of Dame Sue Owen in December last year.

Sarah is currently the Director General of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. She will return to the department, where she worked from 2013 to 2016 as Director General.

Since December 2018, Sarah has been Director General of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat. Immediately prior to that she was DG in the Cabinet Office Europe Unit/DExEU.

Sarah also led the Automatic Enrolment Project in the Private Pensions Department, DWP. She also spend five years in the Department for Education. She was the Director for Strategy and Performance from 2009 to 2010. Later on she was the Director for Education Funding in DfE from 2010 to 2013.

Wealth of knowledge

Welcoming Sarah Healey’s appointment Sir Mark Sedwill said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sarah Healey as the new Permanent Secretary of DCMS.

“She has built a wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous roles across Whitehall, which positions her as the ideal candidate to take over the important role as Permanent Secretary of DCMS. I know she is pleased to return to the department.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dame Sue Owen, who retires later this month, for her excellent leadership of the department over the last six years. She has been an invaluable member of the civil service and deserves tribute for her commitment to tirelessly working towards the best outcomes of citizens across the country.”

Sarah added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. I know what a brilliant department it is from my time there as Director General and have watched it grow and continue to change for the better and better over the last couple of years.

“Sue will be such a tough act to follow, but I am really looking forward to working with Ministers and the team on the important challenges DCMS and its extended family have in shaping the future of the country.”

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