Oliver is the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union. As Permanent Secretary, he will have responsibility for supporting the department in the negotiations to leave the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and EU.
Previously, Oliver Robbins was the Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office where he had responsibility for immigration and free movement policy, and oversight of the borders, immigration and citizenship system.
Having initially joined as a graduate entrant, Oliver has had a long Civil Service career spanning HM Treasury, Downing Street and the main board of an operational agency. From January 2014 to September 2015 he was Director General, Civil Service, leading on Civil Service Reform. Prior to this, he was Deputy National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and the UK’s National Security Council.
Oliver studied philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford.
Permanent Secretary (Department for Exiting the European Union)
The Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union supports the Secretary of State in the work of the department.
Previous roles in government
Second Permanent Secretary
- 2015 to 2016
Director General, Civil Service Reform
- 2014 to 2015