The Department for Communities and Local Government has today appointed Peter Schofield as Director-General for Neighbourhoods.
Peter Schofield joins DCLG from HM Treasury, where he was Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit. He will take a lead role in implementing the housing strategy, major reforms in the planning system and delivering local economic growth. He will take up his post in the New Year.
Welcoming the appointment, the Permanent Secretary, Sir Bob Kerslake, said:
I am delighted that Peter has agreed to take on the role of Director-General for the Neighbourhoods Group. He will be met by a full in-tray, as we look to him to drive forward key reforms in housing, planning and on policies to stimulate economic growth. I look forward to working with him.
Commenting on his new role, Peter Schofield said:
After leading work on growth and infrastructure at the Treasury, I am delighted to be joining DCLG to take forward its important agenda on housing, planning and local economic growth. I am very much looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and starting work in the New Year.
Notes to editors
DCLG has two Director-General led policy groups. David Prout currently leads the Localism Group which includes responsibility for local government, fire, communities and the Big Society. Peter Schofield will lead the Neighbourhoods Group, which includes housing, planning and regeneration.
Peter takes over from the role left vacant by Richard McCarthy who left the Department on 10 November 2011. Andrew Campbell, currently Director of Strategy and Performance has covered Richard McCarthy’s responsibilities since his departure.
Peter Schofield has worked at HM Treasury as Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit since February 2008. In this role, Peter led on the Growth agenda, including the Growth Review, and the Treasury’s relationship with the business community. He was also responsible for the Treasury’s spending relationship with four departments - the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Transport, the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Before that, from 2004 to 2008, Peter was a Director in the Shareholder Executive, including leading the successful flotation of QinetiQ for the Ministry of Defence in 2006. From 2002 to 2004, Peter was seconded to 3i PLC. From 1991 until 2002, Peter worked in HM Treasury in a number of roles, including Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary from 1996 to 1998.
Peter is a non executive Director of Local Partnerships and Partnerships UK PLC. He is also the Treasury Director on the Shareholder Executive Board.
He is married with three children.
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