Permanent Secretary

Sarah Healey


Sarah Healey has been Permanent Secretary of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) since April 2019.

Prior to this, she worked in the Cabinet Office where she was the Director General overseeing the development and implementation of economic and domestic policy following two and a half years working on negotiations and preparations for the UK to leave the EU. Before that, Sarah was Director General in DCMS, where she led on integrating all digital responsibilities into the organisation, Director of Private Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions and Director of Education Funding and of Strategy at the Department for Education.

Sarah joined the civil service in 2001 to work in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. She has degrees from Magdalen College, Oxford, and the LSE.

Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is responsible for the overall management and leadership of the department.

The Permanent Secretary leads DCMS civil servants that are responsible for the contribution of the arts, sport, tourism, digital, media and creative industries to economic growth. This includes enriching lives, promoting Britain to the world, delivery of major projects such as broadband rollout.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Civil Service Board

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Office for Civil Society, and Civil Service Board

Previous roles in government

  • Director General
  • Director General for Culture, Sport and Civil Society (Jobshare)