Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service

Simon Case

Biography

Simon Case was appointed Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service in September 2020.

Before this he was appointed Permanent Secretary at No10, focusing on Covid-19 and the response to the pandemic.

He has also served in the Royal Household, having previously been Private Secretary to HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Prior to this, he held many other notable positions across government, serving under both Cameron’s and May’s administrations as Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.

He has also served as Director General for Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Director General for the UK-EU relationship throughout his time in government. Simon has amassed over 15 years of experience in the Civil Service.

Cabinet Secretary

The Cabinet Secretary is the Prime Minister’s most senior policy adviser and acts as Secretary to the Cabinet, responsible to all ministers for the running of Cabinet Government.

Cabinet Office, Civil Service, Civil Service Reform, Civil Service Board, and Cabinet Office Board

Head of the Civil Service

The Head of the Civil Service leads nearly half a million public servants who work in public institutions, administer tax, benefits and pensions systems and put government policy into practice. The civil service is a permanent, politically impartial workforce that serves the government of the day, while retaining the flexibility to serve future governments.

Currently civil servants are supporting the government’s economic and public service reform. The scale of the challenges and persistent weaknesses require a reform plan that applies right across the civil service. The Head of the Civil Service is one of several senior civil servants accountable for the reform of the civil service through the Civil Service Board.

Cabinet Office

Previous roles in government

  • Director, UK-EU Political
  • Director General, Prime Minister's Office
  • Executive Director, Implementation Group