Melanie has been Director General of the Economic & Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS) at the Cabinet Office since October 2011.
Before that she was at HMRC for five years, including as one of the department’s Commissioners. She was Director General for Business Tax from November 2007, which involved responsibility for all the business taxes and duties as well as leadership of the department’s relationships with big business. From 2009, she also led the development of HMRC’s overall strategy as a department.
Prior to joining HMRC, Melanie spent fifteen years at the Treasury, including as Europe Director from 2002 to 2006.She started her career as an economist and has worked on public spending, tax and tax credit policy, macroeconomics, monetary policy and the euro.
Director General, Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat
The Director General heads the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat, providing policy advice and briefing to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Government Policy and the Cabinet on the government’s economic and domestic policies. This is done by working with Committee Chairs to develop, support and secure collective agreement.