New Permanent Secretary for Department for Transport

Published on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 11:05
Posted by Scott Buckler

The Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Sir Gus O'Donnell is pleased to announce the appointment of Lin Homer as the new Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport


Lin, who is currently Chief Executive at the UK Border Agency, was chosen following an open competition. This follows Robert Devereux’s move to become Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions. The appointment has been approved by the Prime Minister and by the Transport Secretary Philip Hammond.

Lin will take up post in January.

Sir Gus O'Donnell, said:

"I am delighted that Lin has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport. She brings a wealth of leadership experience in some of the country’s most important public service delivery bodies – most recently at the UK Border Agency, and previously as Chief Executive of Britain’s largest local authority in Birmingham where her responsibilities included highways, public transport and airports.

"I would like to thank Robert Devereux for his successful leadership of the Department, including through the recent Spending Review, and congratulate him on his appointment to be Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions.”

Commenting on her new role, Lin Homer said:

"I am very excited to be taking on this role at such an important time for transport and joining the many excellent professionals in Government and wider who help design and run our transport system. The Department has to contribute to the country’s economic growth and also help to promote quality of life and the green agenda. As the last few days have shown, it has got to be able to focus on keeping the country moving at times of severe weather, whilst planning the transport system for the next few decades. I hope to be able to add my experience to that agenda."

Philip Hammond said:

"I welcome Lin Homer to her new post and I look forward to working with her in addressing the challenges ahead. Robert Devereux has led the Department through the Spending Review and has started the restructuring process that Lin will now complete over the next few months. This will leave the Department well positioned to support economic growth and carbon reduction in a world of reduced public expenditure."

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