Director General, Strategy and Resources Directorate

Richard Calvert


Richard Calvert is Director General of the Strategy and Resources Directorate at the Department for Education. He was appointed in September 2015.

His previous roles include:

  • Director General for Finance and Corporate Performance at the Department for International Development
  • Private Secretary to both Lynda Chalker and Clare Short
  • Director of Strategy and Resources at the Food Standards Agency
  • Head of Service Quality in the Children, Schools and Family Directorate at Hertfordshire county council
  • working in Brussels at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU, where he was responsible for EU relations with developing countries
  • Independent Adviser and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at the National Assembly for Wales

Richard’s current non-executive roles within the public sector include being a board member of Hightown Housing Association and a Governor of the University of Hertfordshire.

He is also a qualified management accountant.

Director General, Strategy and Resources Directorate

The Director General for Strategy and Resources Directorate is responsible for the Department for Education’s:

  • finance and commercial business
  • human resources
  • security
  • facilities
  • internal audit function
  • change programme
  • IT group
  • portfolio management function
  • strategy and delivery
  • analysis and resourcing
  • international division

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Finance and Corporate Performance

    • 2009 to 2015