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DfT gets new head

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The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has been appointed as the new permanent secretary at the Department for Transport.

Lin Homer has been UK Border Agency chief executive since 2005 and joins DfT following Robert Devereux’s move to become permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions.

From 2002-2005, Ms Homer was chief executive at Birmingham City Council, the largest local authority in the UK, where she led some 57,000 direct employees and had responsibility for highways, public transport and airports.

She started out as a solicitor at Reading BC, moving on to become deputy chief executive at Hertfordshire CC and then chief executive at Suffolk CC.

Ms Homer said: “The department has to contribute to the country’s economic growth and also help to promote quality of life and the green agenda. As the last few days have shown, it has got to be able to focus on keeping the country moving at times of severe weather, whilst planning the transport system for the next few decades. I hope to be able to add my experience to that agenda.”

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