Director General for UK Governance

Lucy Smith


Lucy Smith is Director General of the UK Governance Group. She is responsible for the intergovernmental relations of the United Kingdom and constitution and devolution matters across the UK, including the government’s policy and approach to EU exit and devolution. She was previously the Director of Constitution Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for constitutional policy and elections, including preparations for the EU referendum in 2016 and the General Election in 2017. From 2012 to 2015 she was Principal Private Secretary in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, as part of the coalition government.

She worked in the Department for Education from 2004 to 2012, where she held a variety of roles, including as Director of Strategy and Performance from 2010 to 2012.

Director General for UK Governance

The UK Governance Group was established in June 2015 to lead the UK government’s work on constitution and devolution. 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.

The UK Governance Group’s objectives are:

  • Achieve a stable, fair and enduring constitutional framework for the United Kingdom;
  • Sustain a flourishing democracy; and
  • Maintain the integrity of the United Kingdom.

Previous roles in government

  1. Executive Director, Constitution Group

    • 2015 to 2017