Bernadette Kelly has been Director General, Business and Local Growth since September 2013. Prior to that she was Director General, Fair Markets in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Bernadette joined the Civil Service after graduating. She has spent most of her career working on public policy in relation to business and the economy. She has led work in government to strengthen the regulation of utility sectors; reform the planning regime in the UK; increase housing supply; and control public sector pay and expenditure.
While Bernadette has worked principally in BIS and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), she has also worked at HM Treasury, the Cabinet Office, and in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit; as well as on secondment to ICI plc. From 2000 to 2002 she was Director of Corporate Law and Governance in DTI where she led work to strengthen company law and corporate governance.
Bernadette was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2010.
Director General, Business and Local Growth
The Director General for Business and Local Growth sits on the Executive and Departmental Boards and chairs the People Committee. The Director General has responsibility for:
- leading BIS’ European Reform engagement
- supporting local and regional growth
- leading on BIS’ interactions with a range of sectors and individual key strategic companies across advanced manufacturing and services, digital economy, life sciences, and energy, materials and agritech