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Robin Young, permanent secretary at the Department of Trade and ...
Robin Young, permanent secretary at the Department of Trade and

Industry, announced today that he is to leave the civil service at

Easter next year.

At that point Sir Robin will have completed almost seven years at the

top of two government departments with four years at the DTI and

three years previously at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

The department will also by that stage have put in place major

changes following the DTI review and the recent spending round.

He said: 'It has been a privilege to head two important government

departments after a highly enjoyable civil service career of over 30


'I am keen now to turn my hand to something different and begin

another phase of my career.

'By Easter the DTI will have completed the major transformation

Patricia Hewitt and I began three years ago. The time will be right

for a new permanent secretary to lead the transformed department.'

Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt paid tribute to Sir

Robin's contribution at the DTI.

She said: 'I could not have asked for a better or more supportive

Permanent Secretary over the last three years. I quite understand

his wish to do something different after seven years at the top of

two Whitehall departments. He'll have a huge contribution to make

whatever he decides to do next.'

Cabinet secretary Andrew Turnbull said: 'Sir Robin Young has

been a very successful civil servant and we shall be very sorry to

lose him.

'In his first permanent secretary post at the DCMS he and Chris Smith

led the department through huge changes. At the DTI with Patricia

Hewitt he has since led the modernisation of the department and made

a major contribution to civil service reform.

'I respect his decision to leave. It is a decision clearly in line

with policies he has championed to promote more movement in and out

of the civil service at the very top, and one that I support.'


1. Robin Young, 56, joined the civil service in 1973 at the

Department of Environment where his work focused on housing,

environment policy and local government. Between 1985 and 1988 he

was private secretary to three secretaries of state - Patrick Jenkin,

Kenneth Baker and Nicholas Ridley.

2. In 1994 he became the first regional director of the Government

Office for London before moving to the Cabinet Office in July 1997 to

co-ordinate economic policy. He was permanent secretary at the

Department for Culture, Media and Sport in April 1998 until June

2001, when he became permanent secretary of the Department of Trade

and Industry.

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