Magazine article Public Finance

More Moves as DfES Mandarin Takes New Role

Magazine article Public Finance

More Moves as DfES Mandarin Takes New Role

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Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell continued his shake-up of the senior civil service this week when, as expected, he announced a new role for Department for Education and Skills permanent secretary Sir David Normington.

Normington has agreed to become permanent secretary at the Home Office from January, a position that will be vacated by Sir John Gieve, who is to be the Bank of England's next deputy governor.

Home Secretary Charles Clarke, who worked closely with Normington when he was education secretary, had been pushing for his former mandarin to join him at Marsham Street.

Normingtoris switch means that O'Donnell has almost completed a radical overhaul of permanent secretaries since his own appointment to the top job in August.

It only remains for him to fill the DfES post. A Cabinet Office spokesman said that 'would be filled by open competition, which would include applicants from outside the civil service. …

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