Director General for UK Governance and Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery

Lucy Smith

Biography

Lucy Smith joined the Department for Education (DfE) in September 2020 for 3 months to lead on the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and on recovery priorities for schools in the light of the pandemic.

Lucy’s previous roles in government include:

  • Director General of UK Governance Group at the Cabinet Office
  • Director of Constitution Group at the Cabinet Office
  • Principle Private Secretary in the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office
  • Director of Strategy and Performance at the Department for Education

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.

Cabinet Office

Director General, Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery

The Director General for Covid-19 Response and Schools Recovery provides additional leadership to the department’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

The Director General will also lead on recovery priorities for schools, including exams and qualifications, catch-up and lost learning.

Department for Education

Previous roles in government

  • Executive Director, Constitution Group