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Sunday, 21 July 2024 – 07:55
Simon Case

Simon Case appointed new Head of the Civil Service

Simon Case has been appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service.

Mr Case, a former private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge, enters the position following Sir Mark Sedwill’s resignation from the role.

Case has been a civil servant since 2006, first working within the Ministry of Defence as a policy adviser. He then worked in the Northern Ireland Office, the Cabinet Office and then became head of the Olympic Secretariat within the Cabinet Office in 2012.

Mr Case has also worked in a variety of other roles, notably holding the role as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister between 2016 and 2017. Since May 2020, Case has been serving as the Downing Street Permanent Secretary, helping to lead the response against the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Case’s appointment by the Prime Minister, announced on 1 September, comes in a year where a number of senior civil servants have left their posts in a sudden fashion. Most recently Jonathan Slater, the chief civil servant in the Department for Education, was sacked in August.

Announcing Case’s appointment, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said;

“Simon will make a fantastic Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service. His years of experience at the heart of government and working for The Royal Household make him ideally suited for this crucial role.

I would also like to thank Mark Sedwill for his outstanding service to the Government and the country as a whole. After serving for decades with great distinction, I believe he has earned the gratitude of the nation.”

Case said it is “an honour to be appointed”. He is due to enter the role on 9 September.


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