Press release

Bob Kerslake on departure of Dame Helen Ghosh

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB will step down as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office to take up the role of Director General of the National Trust.

13 August 2012

Dame Helen Ghosh DCB is to step down as Permanent Secretary of the Home Office to take up the role of Director General of the National Trust, she announced today.

Dame Helen will leave the department in September after a 33 year career in the civil service.

Helen Ghosh said: 

I have been privileged to lead the Home Office and feel very torn about leaving.  But the work of the National Trust is something that is very close to my heart and this was a rare opportunity to lead a major voluntary organisation which I could not allow to pass by.

The work of the Home Office is of fundamental importance to the very fabric of our society and I know better than anyone the   dedication and hard work staff put in to make Britain safe and secure.Delivering a safe and secure Olympic Games is the most recent example, but there are many more.

I will be doing my utmost over the next few weeks to ensure that the Home Secretary and her ministers have all the support they need in this period so that the department is in the best possible shape for the future.

Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake said:

As Permanent Secretary at Defra and the Home Office, Helen has delivered extraordinary change including departmental reform, the independent UK Border Force and support for the successful London Olympics.  She has been an inspiring leader, who has made a very strong corporate contribution, both via the Civil Service Board, leading the capability strand of our Civil Service Reform Programme and as a vibrant role model and champion of talent and diversity. I wish her every success in her new leadership role at the National Trust.

Helen Kilpatrick, Director General of the Financial and Commercial Group, will stand in as interim Permanent Secretary until a replacement for Helen Ghosh is appointed.

Read more about Dame Helen Ghosh’s departure on the Home Office website.

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