Polly Payne and Ruth Hannant became Directors General for Rail Group at the Department for Transport (DfT) as a job-share in December 2017.
Prior to DfT Polly and Ruth have job shared for 7 years including as:
- Directors of Higher Education Reform at the Department for Education (DfE)
- Directors for Strategy and Growth at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Polly and Ruth moved to BIS from HM Treasury where they led the Corporate Finance, Business, Innovation and Skills team.
Before job-sharing with Ruth, Polly worked in HM Treasury for over a decade in a variety of economic and policy roles. Polly previously worked at the University of Sussex, in Mongolia for the Asian Development Bank, and in Zanzibar as part of the Overseas Development Institute fellowship programme.