Department for education and employment permanent secretary Michael Bichard said:
'I am very pleased to welcome Lin Homer to the department for
education and employment. Lin's wealth of experience within local
government will ensure that she will bring her new role an outside,
public sector perspective, invaluable to the board's discussion of
key cross-cutting education and employment policy issues.'
The board meets on a monthly basis and leads the work of the
- Charting its overall strategic direction and identifying strategic
issues for attention; Developing coherent policy priorities focused
on the department's objectives, monitoring progress and evaluating
- Providing direction on major operational and management issues;
- Ensuring that the department is working economically, efficiently
- Creating a culture of learning within which all DfEE staff can
develop to their full potential;
- Actively promoting the DfEE values and new ways of working.
Mrs Homer said:
'Education and employment are two of the most challenging agendas
around. I am delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to those
agendas through a position on the DfEE management board. Good
relationships between local government and central government are
critical to the success of public service, and this gives me a chance
to contribute to and learn about how to make them more successful.'
Lin Homer has been chief executive of Suffolk CC since
January 1998. After qualifying as a lawyer at Reading BC
she spent 15 years with Hertfordshire CC in a variety of
posts ranging from solicitor to deputy chief executive.
She was a member of PAT 17 working group, which investigated how
public services could be better joined up at a local level to improve
their delivery in deprived areas. She leads Suffolk's Pathfinder New
Commitment to Regeneration, a partnership including the eight local
authorities, the business and the voluntary sector. She is also a
member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Local Government Advisory