Acting Permanent Secretary

Sam Beckett


Sam Beckett became Acting Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on 14 April 2020.

Sam has held a number of Director General roles in BEIS and BIS since 2011. Before becoming Acting Permanent Secretary she was Director General, Trade, Europe and Analysis. She is also Joint Head of the Government Economics Service.

Sam joined BIS from the Cabinet Office where she was Director of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Sam was Director of the Fiscal Group in HM Treasury; leading the fiscal policy response to the financial crisis, the government’s engagement with the credit rating agencies and establishing the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). Sam has over 25 years’ experience in BEIS, BIS, Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, in roles spanning micro and macro-economics, strategy, policy and corporate services delivery.

Acting Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Trade, Europe and Analysis
  2. Director General, EU Exit and Analysis
  3. Director General, International, Growth and Analysis, BEIS
  4. Director General, Market Frameworks
  5. Director General, Economics and Markets, BIS