Andrew McCully


Andrew McCully was the Director General for Schools in the Department for Education, previously Director General for Early Years and Schools until March 2023.

In a 35-year career in the civil service, Andrew held a wide range of senior posts, with responsibilities including:

  • reforming benefits for unemployed people
  • legislation to reform post-16 education and training
  • cross-government measures to improve outcomes for vulnerable children
  • school standards
  • services for young people
  • reforms to the school system

He was made an OBE in the 2000 New Year’s Honours and CBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours.

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Schools
  • Director General, Early Years and Schools
  • Director General, Infrastructure and Funding