Stephen took up the role of Director of Strategy, Communications and Private Office on 9 November 2015.
Stephen joined the civil service in 1992, working in HM Treasury in a range of posts, including welfare reform, education, financial services, transport and EU issues. He has also been Director for Qualifications and Participation and Director of Strategy at the Department for Education.
He was also Programme Director for Children and Young People at the Local Government Association.
Director, Strategy, Communications and Private Office
The DCLG 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 DCLG’s leadership team, and an executive member of its board, the Director of Strategy, Communications and Private Office helps with that task. Bringing together the department’s strategy, communications and private office functions in 1 team, the directorate helps to articulate and drive the delivery of ministerial priorities across the department.
Previous roles in government
Director General, Education Standards
- 2012 to 2013