Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Alex Chisholm

Biography

Alex Chisholm became Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in April 2020. Prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Previous roles in government:

Permanent Secretary, BEIS 2016 to 2020

Joint Permanent Secretary, BEIS 2016 to 2016

Permanent Secretary, DECC 2016 to 2016

Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority 2013 to 2016

Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service

The Chief Operating Officer for the Civil Service leads the efficiency programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to put in place reforms.

Cabinet Office, Civil Service Board, and Cabinet Office Board

Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department, responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.

Cabinet Office

Previous roles in government

  • Permanent Secretary
  • Joint Permanent Secretary, BEIS
  • Permanent Secretary, DECC
  • Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority