Permanent Secretary

Sue Owen


Sue was appointed Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 4 September 2013 and joined the department on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion.

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 of the department.

The Permanent Secretary leads DCMS civil servants that are responsible for the contribution of the arts, sport, tourism, creative industries and media to economic growth and wellbeing, as well as promoting equality and diversity in society. This includes implementation of Gay Marriage legislation, 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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Strategy

    • 2011 to 2013