Director General for UK Governance

Lucy Smith


Lucy Smith was appointed Director General of UK Governance at the Cabinet Office in August 2017, with responsibility for constitution and devolution issues across the UK. Lucy was appointed Acting Director General of UK Governance in April 2017.

Prior to this, Lucy was Director of Constitution Group, a role she was appointed to in September 2015. She had served as the Principal Private Secretary in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office from 2012 until the General Election in 2015. Before this, she was Director of Strategy at the Department for Education.

Director General for UK Governance

UK Governance Group

The UK Governance Group was established in June 2015 to lead the UK government’s work on constitutional and devolution issues. It brings together under one command the Cabinet Office’s Constitution Group, the Scotland Office, the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland and the Wales Office.

The Group ensures that the civil service has an improved capability to support ministers in the vital challenge of sustaining the United Kingdom and the constitutional settlement.

Previous roles in government

  1. Executive Director, Constitution Group

    • 2015 to 2017