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New Permanent Secretary appointed at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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Sue Owen has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Owen, who is currently Director General of Strategy at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), was chosen following an open competition.

The position will see Owen assume responsibility for the overall management of the department while she replaces Jonathan Stephens, who decided to step down from the role earlier this year.

"It is a great honour to be asked to lead the Department for Culture, Media and Sport,” said Owen, who takes up post at the beginning of October.

"The department has a big and exciting agenda to help Britain’s arts, sport, media, creative and tourism industries contribute to economic growth and the quality of life, boosted by its responsibility for a society tolerant of diversity. 

"I look forward to working with customers, industry and investors as well as the talented team at the department."

The appointment was announced by the Head of the Civil Service Sir Bob Kerslake after it was approved by Prime Minister David Cameron.

"I would like to congratulate Sue on her appointment,” said Sir Bob.

"With her vast experience, I’m sure she will provide strong leadership for the department in delivering its priorities and setting a clear vision and direction for the future.”

The Prime Minster approved the appointment following consultation with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the Secretary of State for the DCMS Maria Miller.

"Sue Owen’s appointment as our new Permanent Secretary is great news,” said Miller.

"She has a distinguished record of achievement across a wide range of areas and she is ideally suited to lead the team here, making the most of the great opportunity we have to play a big part in the Government’s plans for economic growth and a fairer, more decent society.”

Prior to her current role in at the DWP, Owen was Director General of Corporate Performance at the Department for International Development from 2006 to 2009. 

She has also served as a Director at the Treasury, held posts at the No10 Policy Unit and the British Embassy in Washington and was an academic labour market economist for 10 years.
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