Permanent Secretary for DCLG
Peter Housden was appointed as Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Deputy Minister in October 2005 and took up post as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government in June 2006. Peter has recently been appointed as Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, and will take up this post in late June 2010.
Peter was educated at a comprehensive school and the University of Essex, and began his career as a school teacher in Shropshire. He was Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council from 1994-2001, and was seconded to the Audit Commission for six months in 2000 to lead its work on the NHS National Plan before joining the Civil Service as Director-General for Schools at the Department for Education & Skills in 2001.
Peter is a Trustee of the Work Foundation; an Associate Fellow of Warwick University Business School; and a Member of the Court of the University of Greenwich.