Director General, Decentralisation and Growth

Simon Ridley


Simon Ridley joined DCLG as Director General, Decentralisation and Growth on 21 September 2015, and continued this role for MHCLG from 8 January 2018.


Simon was Chief Executive of the Planning Inspectorate, the agency responsible for planning appeals and national infrastructure planning, from 2014. Simon was previously Director of Local Government Finance at DCLG in 2010. In this role he led a wide ranging reform agenda in local government finance that met the government’s priorities on fiscal consolidation, economic growth, localism and public service reform.

From 1997 to 2010 Simon worked at HM Treasury in a number of roles, predominantly focused on public spending and economic reform.

Director General, Decentralisation and Growth

The MHCLG board’s role is to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals and help turn policy from ideas into actions and results.

Part of MHCLG’s leadership team and an executive member of its board, the Director General, Decentralisation and Growth helps with that task.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Executive, Planning Inspectorate

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. Director General, Local Government and Public Services

    • 2013 to 2013