Ursula Brennan


Ursula Brennan has been Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) since July 2012. She is also the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.

Previous roles include:

  • permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence (MOD) from October 2010 to July 2012
  • deputy permanent secretary and director of general corporate performance at the MOJ from April to September 2008
  • chief executive of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR)
  • director general of Living Land and Seas at Defra from 2004 to 2006

Ursula spent most of her career before this in what is now the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), including leading the strategy on welfare to work and benefit fraud.

Previous roles in government

  1. Permanent Secretary
  2. Permanent Secretary


  1. Transforming defence: a British perspective on defence in a time of financial challenge