Permanent Secretary

Peter Schofield


Peter became the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions on 16 January 2018.

Previously he has worked:

  • as Director General for Finance at DWP from July 2016
  • as Director General for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government
  • as Director of the Enterprise and Growth Unit at HM Treasury
  • as a director in the Shareholder Executive
  • on secondment to 3i PLC
  • in a number of roles, including Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary, at HM Treasury

Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department, responsible for the effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s work and its spending.

They are also responsible for the leadership, management and staffing of the department.

Department for Work and Pensions and Civil Service Board

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Finance

    2016 to 2018

  2. Director General, Housing

    2012 to 2016