Permanent Secretary

Clare Moriarty


Clare Moriarty has been Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since August 2015.

Her previous roles include

  • Director General, Rail Executive in the Department for Transport
  • Director General, Corporate Group, Department for Transport
  • Constitution Director, Ministry of Justice
  • Head, NHS Foundation Trust Unit, Department of Health
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health
  • secondments to the NHS and the UCL School of Public Policy.

Clare has a long-standing interest in leadership, change and diversity. She is a member of the Westminster Abbey Institute Council of Reference and the Advisory Council of the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy.

Permanent Secretary

Responsible for the overall management of the Department.

  • Principal Accounting Officer for Defra
  • Member of the Defra Board

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General Rail Group

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. Director General Corporate

    • 2012 to 2012