Director General, Housing and Planning

Helen MacNamara


Helen MacNamara became Director General for Housing and Planning at DCLG in July 2016.

Helen previously spent 11 years at DCMS in a variety of roles. She was Principal Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell and worked on the Olympic bid, arts education policy, media and convergence. She was responsible for how the department prepared for the General Election and adapted to the new government. She became Director of Change at DCMS in September 2010.

Before joining DCMS Helen worked in new media, and studied history at Cambridge.

She grew up in North Yorkshire and was educated at a Catholic comprehensive school. Outside of work she has been a trustee of Target Ovarian Cancer since 2008 and is married with 3 children.

Director General, Housing and Planning

The DCLG board’s role is to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals and help turn policy from ideas into actions and results.

Part of DCLG’s leadership team, and an executive member of its board, the Director General, Housing and Planning helps with that task. The Housing and Planning Group is closely connected with the housing strategy, local planning and local economic growth.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director

    • 2012 to 2013