Permanent Secretary

Sue Owen


Dame Sue Owen was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (formerly known as Department for Culture, Media and Sport) in September 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T (straight ally) Champion, and overall Diversity and Inclusion Champion in July 2015. She Chairs the Charity for Civil Servants. Career highlights include:

  • Director General of Strategy, Department for Work and Pensions, 2011-2013
  • Director General, Welfare and Wellbeing, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2011
  • Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
  • Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
  • Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
  • Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
  • Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
  • Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989-1995
  • Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88

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, ensuring a long-lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and organising a fitting series of events to mark the First World War centenary.

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

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Strategy

    • 2011 to 2013