Clare Moriarty, the current Director General at the Rail Executive in the Department for Transport, has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for following a civil service-wide recruitment process.
Clare will take up post over the summer and will replace Defra’s current Permanent Secretary Bronwyn Hill. Her appointment has been made by the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service and approved by the Prime Minister and by Sir David Normington, the First Civil Service Commissioner.
Commenting on her new role, Clare said, “I am thrilled to become Defra’s Permanent Secretary. The Department has a great role to play on issues that matter to everyone in the country, from the food that we eat to the future of the planet. I welcome the chance to work with Liz Truss and her Ministerial team on a fascinating agenda for the years ahead. I am looking forward to meeting colleagues in Defra and its partner bodies, and the many people and organisations that have an interest in the work of the Department.”