|Dame Helen Ghosh
|Director General of the National Trust|
12 November 2012
|Chairman||Sir Simon Jenkins|
|Preceded by||Dame Fiona Reynolds|
|Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department|
1 January 2011 – November 2012
|Secretary of State||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Sir David Normington|
|Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs|
7 November 2005 – 31 December 2010
|Secretary of State||Margaret Beckett
|Preceded by||Sir Brian Bender|
|Succeeded by||Bronwyn Hill|
21 February 1956 |
|Children||one son, one daughter|
|Alma mater||St Hugh's College, Oxford
Hertford College, Oxford
Dame Helen Frances Ghosh DCB (born 21 February 1956) is Director General of the National Trust. She was formerly a British civil servant, and until November 2012 was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, having moved from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of 2010. At the time of her appointment at Defra, she was the only female permanent secretary to head a major department of the British Government.
Ghosh was born in Farnborough, Hampshire in 1956, to a civil service scientist and a librarian, and educated at Farnborough Hill Convent, St Hugh's College, Oxford and Hertford College, Oxford. She is married with one daughter and one son; her husband Peter is a tutor in modern history at St Anne's College, Oxford. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2008. In 2010, The Tablet named her as one of Britain’s most influential Roman Catholics.
Ghosh joined the Department of the Environment in 1979 as an Administration Trainee and held a series of policy roles. She was appointed Private Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Housing in 1986–88 and Head of the Housing Policy and Home Ownership Team in 1992. In July 1995, she joined the Cabinet Office on loan as Deputy Director of the Efficiency Unit then moved to a more operationally focused role in 1997 in the Government Office for London, where she worked as Director for London East and European Programmes, which brought her into contact with a variety of EU bodies, in particular those administering regeneration funds.
Between May 1999 and November 1999, she was Head of the New Deal for Communities Programme at the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, working on cross-cutting and delivery issues. She then joined the Department for Work and Pensions as Director of the Children's Group, which had responsibility for child benefit, child support, child poverty issues and the Tax Credit Programme.
She rejoined the Cabinet Office on 22 October 2001, as Head of Central Secretariat and, in 2003, became Director General for Corporate Services at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), where she played an important part in the transformation programme merging the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise to form the new department. She was appointed Permanent Secretary at Defra on 7 November 2005. She replaced Sir David Normington as Permanent Secretary at the Home Office in January 2011.
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Sir Brian Bender
|Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Sir David Normington
|Permanent Secretary of the