Moira Wallace OBE is a former British civil servant and the current Provost of Oriel College, Oxford. Until October 2012 she was the first Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, having moved from her role as Director General of the Crime Reduction and Community Safety Group the Home Office in November 2008.
Wallace was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 13 November 2008. Prior to joining DECC Wallace had undertaken 10 years in HM Treasury, including three years as Private Secretary to Nigel Lawson and John Major as Chancellors of the Exchequer. She was Economic Affairs Private Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. Wallace established and led the Cabinet Office Social Exclusion Unit from 1997 to 2002, and joined the Home Office in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, she set up and ran the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, a joint venture between the three criminal justice departments. From 2005, she was Home Office Director General for Crime and Policing.
Wallace announced her resignation from DECC on 19 July 2012. It was rumoured this was prompted by the conflicting views of various politicians in charge of the department, especially over subsidies for renewable energy, and promoting the continued use of gas (most controversially from fracking).
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