Permanent Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

Sir Bob Kerslake


Sir Bob Kerslake became Permanent Secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on 1 November 2010. He was also Head of the Civil Service from January 2012 to September 2014.

Sir Bob started his career in local government with the Greater London Council handling transport finance. His previous roles include:

  • Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, the national housing and regeneration agency for England
  • Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, the fourth largest in England
  • London Borough of Hounslow as director of finance and a further 7 years as chief executive
  • a post at the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA)

Sir Bob has also been a non-executive board member at DCLG and was a member of both the Equalities Review Panel and the National Employment Panel.

Permanent Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

The Permanent Secretary is responsible for the day-to-day running of the department, in particular its spending.

They also head the department’s leadership team and serve on the DCLG executive management board, which advises on and supervises:

  • strategic clarity - ensuring all the department’s activities are aligned and consistent
  • commercial sense - advising on the sign-off of large operational projects or programmes and ensuring there is sound financial management and risk management
  • talented people - ensuring the department has the capability to deliver and to plan to meet current and future needs
  • results focus - agreeing the operational business plan and keeping a check on the department’s sponsored bodies
  • management information - ensuring that clear, consistent, comparable performance information is used to drive improvements

Previous roles in government

  1. Head of the Civil Service

    • 2012 to 2014