Industry, announced today that he is to leave the civil service at
Easter next year.
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
'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