Permanent Secretary

Jeremy Pocklington


Jeremy Pocklington is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Jeremy was previously, from March 2020 to September 2021, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Prior to this he was Director General, Housing from August 2018 to March 2020.

Prior to this Jeremy was Director General, Energy and Security at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) from December 2016 until August 2018. Prior to this he was Director General of Markets and Infrastructure Group at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Before joining DECC Jeremy was Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit at HM Treasury responsible for policies on growth, business and infrastructure and for advising on public spending for BIS, DfT, DECC and DEFRA. From 2009 to 2012 he was Director of the Economic and Domestic secretariat at the Cabinet Office. Prior to that he was the Deputy Director in HM Treasury responsible for corporate finance and public-private partnerships. He joined the Treasury in 1997 and has held a range of posts on financial regulation, tax and fiscal policy as well as working as an assistant private secretary to 2 Chief Secretaries.

Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is:

  • Head of the Department, responsible for its overall leadership and effective day-to-day running
  • Chief Policy Adviser to the Secretary of State and the ministerial team, supporting them to develop and achieve their priorities
  • Principal Accounting Officer, responsible and accountable to Parliament for the stewardship of the department’s budget and for ensuring value for money

The Permanent Secretary is a member of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ Board, which advises and supervises on strategic clarity, commercial sense, talented people, management information and delivering results.

He also attends the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Previous roles in government

  • Permanent Secretary
  • Director General, Housing and Planning
  • Acting Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth
  • Director General, Energy and Security
  • Director General, Markets and Infrastructure Group, DECC