Director General, Housing

Helen MacNamara


Helen MacNamara is Director General for Housing and Planning. She is responsible for government policy on housing including £25 billion of investment, the Homes and Communities Agency, the Planning Inspectorate and the planning system. She was previously Director of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, working for the Cabinet Secretary from 2013 to 2016. She was responsible for coordinating government preparations for the 2015 General Election.

She worked in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport from 2002 to 2013 where she held a variety of roles including working on the Olympic bid, where she did the planning for the staging of the 2012 Games, as Principal Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell and as Director for media policy where she was responsible for setting up the Leveson Inquiry and the subsequent cross-party response.

She spent the early part of her career working in the digital and creative industries after studying history at Clare College, Cambridge. In 2011 she was on Management Today’s list of 35 women leaders under 35 and the 50 women to watch working in the cultural sector. She was a trustee of Target Ovarian Cancer 2008 to 2013 and is a Governor of Goldsmiths College, London. She is married with 4 children.

Director General, Housing

The MHCLG 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 MHCLG’s leadership team, and an executive member of its board, the Director General, Housing helps with that task.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director

    • 2012 to 2013