Director General, Finance and Group Operations and Second Permanent Secretary

David Williams

Biography

David Williams was appointed Second Permanent Secretary for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in March 2020.

David was appointed as Director General of Finance at the Department of Health on 16 March 2015. The role became Director General of Finance and Group Operations in July 2016.

Previously he was Director General of Finance at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) where he has held a number of senior posts including:

  • Director Financial Management
  • Director Equipment Resources
  • Director Financial Planning & Security

Director General, Finance and Group Operations

Part of the Department of Health senior team and an executive member of its board, the Director General of Finance and Group Operations has responsibility for the following policy areas:

  • finance
  • strategy, system oversight and performance
  • human resources
  • workplace and Department of Health transformation
  • commercial, procurement and property
  • communications and engagement

Department of Health and Social Care

Second Permanent Secretary

Responsibilities of the Second Permanent Secretary include:

  • acting as an additional accounting officer
  • leading on all non-coronavirus (COVID-19) related work for the department
  • retaining leadership of Finance and Group Operations

Department of Health and Social Care

Previous roles in government

  • Director General Finance