Tom Jeffery

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Thomas Baird Jeffery[1] CB (born 11 February 1953) is a British civil servant, currently serving as Director General for Children, Young People and Families at the Department for Education. He has served as Acting Permanent Secretary on several occasions, notably for 3 months from December 2011 to March 2012.

Jeffery (son of George Herbert Jeffery and Margaret née Thornton) was educated at King's School, Canterbury, before going up to Jesus College, Cambridge. He graduated from Cambridge with the degree of MA, before further attending the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham.

In 1987 he married Alison Nisbet, and they have two children.

Jeffery joined the Civil Service in 1981 in the Department of Education and Science (DES) and was promoted up the grades. In 1998 he was appointed Head of Children Services at the Department of Health, where he served until his appointment as Director of the Children & Families Group at DfES in 2001. He was Director-General of Children Young People & Families at the Department for Education from 2003 until 2011.

Jeffery was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 2006. He is the author of various articles on educational matters and is a member of Marylebone Cricket Club, and keen supporter of Lewes FC.

Preceded by
Sir David Bell
Permanent Secretary
Department for Education

Succeeded by
Chris Wormald


  1. ^ "Tom Jeffery biography". Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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