Director General

Paul Kett


Paul Kett has been a Director General at the Department for Education (DfE) since February 2017. He is currently supporting the Director General for Early Years and Schools Group, and is responsible for digital and transformation. He joined DfE as Director for Teachers and Teaching in June 2016.

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 has spent much of his 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 is a graduate of the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge University Centre for Science and Policy.

Director General

The director general is a member of the Department for Education’s leadership team and attends the Implementation Committee.

This role is responsible for:

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Education Standards

    • 2017 to 2018