Philip Rutnam joined the Department for Transport (DfT) as Permanent Secretary in April 2012
Before joining DfT, Philip was the Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). He was responsible for policy on industry and enterprise, including regional economic development and support for small business. Before joining BIS, Philip helped to establish Ofcom and then led its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum.
In April 2015, Philip became the Civil Service Disability Champion.
Responsible for the overall management of the department. The Permanent Secretary sits on the department’s board
The role of the department’s board is to:
- ensure effective governance and properly manage risks
- shape and direct a shared agenda for the department as a whole, both to deliver ministers’ priorities and to build capability
- monitor performance and risk, making choices (or recommendations to ministers) on priorities/risk appetite