New DFT permanent secretary

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The head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake, has announced the appointment of Philip Rutnam as the new Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT). Philip, who is currently director general of business and skills at BIS was chosen following an open competition. His appointment has been approved by the PM and Justine Greening MP and following consultation with the deputy prime minister Philip will take up his post on April 11.

Philip said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role. Transport is central to the Government’s agenda for economic growth, and I am looking forward to working with colleagues on the challenges and opportunities ahead.”

The secretary of state, Justine Greening, said: “This government is that clear we see transport as a key driver of economic growth, so Philip’s outstanding record and skillset will be tremendous assets to this department. It’s hard to think of a better fit.”