Paul Kett has been a Director General at the Department for Education (DfE) since February 2017. He is currently the Director General for Higher Education and Further Education, leads the digital and transformation functions and chairs the DfE Digital, Data and Technology Committee.
He was previously Director General for Education Standards, having joined DfE as Director for Teachers and Teaching.
Immediately before his appointment at DfE, he worked for the British Army as a member of the Army Board in the role of Director Army Reform.
Paul spent much of his earlier civil service career with the Ministry of Justice in roles spanning strategy, policy and project delivery, including Director Justice Reform and Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Paul studied Physics at the University of Leicester, followed by a Masters at the University of Birmingham. Paul is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, and is a Policy Leader Fellow at the Cambridge University Centre for Science and Policy.