Director General for EU Exit Delivery

Tamara Finkelstein


Tamara Finkelstein is currently the Director General for EU Exit Delivery at Defra. She started in April 2018 after leading the Building Safety Programme in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Much of her career has been at the HM Treasury where she started as an economist and worked on tax, macroeconomic policy and debt management. Roles included private secretary and speechwriter to the Chancellor, and leading on public services expenditure including health, education and housing.

She has worked in a number of other government departments on policy and delivery in health and children’s services including as Deputy Head of Sure Start, and as Director General for Community Care at the Department of Health and Social Care, with responsibility for social care and community services.

Her board experience includes roles on the boards of NS&I, the Debt Management Office and the UK Border Agency. She was Secretary to Lord Hutton’s Independent Public Service Pensions Commission.

She is senior sponsor of the Civil Service Jewish Network.

Director General for EU Exit Delivery

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Community Care

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Chief Operating Officer and Director General for Group Operations

    • 2014 to 2016