Permanent Secretary

Philip Rutnam

Biography

Philip Rutnam joined the Home Office as Permanent Secretary in April 2017.

Prior to that Philip was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport for 5 years.

In April 2015, Philip became the Civil Service Disability Champion.

Philip had previously been Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for policy towards and industry and enterprise, including economic development across the regions and support for small business, and for further education policy including apprenticeships and the Skills Funding Agency.

Prior to BIS, Philip was at Ofcom where he helped to establish the organisation and then to lead its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum. He was a partner at Ofcom from 2003 and a member of the Ofcom Board from 2007 to 2009.

A former senior Treasury official, Philip Rutnam’s career also includes working in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, a period as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary and responsibility for the Treasury’s interest in business and enterprise. He also previously represented the UK at the European Investment Bank.

He was educated at Cambridge and Harvard.

Permanent Secretary

Previous roles in government

  1. Permanent Secretary

    • 2012 to 2017