Melanie Dawes will join Cabinet Office from HMRC as the new Head of Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS). She will take up her new post on 10 October replacing Chris Wormald who took over responsibilities for constitutional and devolution issues back in July. This post reports directly to Sir Gus O’Donnell
Sir Gus O’Donnell said:
I want to take this opportunity to thank Chris for all his hard work during his time as Head of EDS and welcome Melanie to Cabinet Office. Melanie has made a huge contribution to the development of HMRC and its strategies and will play an active role as a senior leader within the Department.
Melanie was HMRC’s Director General for Business Tax, joining HMRC from the Treasury in 2006.
Melanie Dawes said :
I have greatly enjoyed my five years at HMRC and now look forward to joining the Cabinet Office.
EDS is one of the three Cabinet Secretariats that support collective Cabinet decision making across government. It works alongside the National Security Secretariat and the European and Global Issues Secretariat to ensure the smooth and effective running of Cabinet, Cabinet committees and government decision-making more generally.