Leigh Lewis

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Sir Leigh Lewis KCB (born 1951) is a retired senior British civil servant, who served as the Permanent Secretary for the British Department for Work and Pensions from 2006-2011.

Having graduated in Hispanic studies from Liverpool University, Lewis joined the then Department of Employment as an Administrative Trainee in September 1973. He became Director of Operations for the Unemployment Benefit Service in 1986.

On returning to the Department of Employment in 1991, he became Director of the International Division and later, in 1994, Director of Finance. He retained that post when the Department for Education and the Employment Department Group merged in July 1995.

Lewis was appointed as Chief Executive of the Employment Service following an open competition in January 1997. In January 2001 he was appointed Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus, a new business of the Department for Work and Pensions. From April 2002 Jobcentre Plus brought together the Employment Service and those parts of the Benefits Agency which deal with customers of working age, into a single work focused organisation.

In February 2003 Lewis was appointed to the Home Office as Permanent Secretary for Crime, Policing, Counter-Terrorism and Delivery, but subsequently returned to DWP as Permanent Secretary to DWP in late 2005 until his retirement in 2011.[1] Upon which, he was installed as the new chair of the Coalition Government's Commission on a UK Bill of Rights.

Offices held[edit]

Lewis is the Chair of the London based Homeless charity Broadway.

Government offices
Preceded by
Mike Fogden
Chief Executive
Employment Service at the
Department for Education and Employment

Succeeded by
as Chief Executive, Job Centre Plus, DWP
Preceded by
as Chief Executive, Employment Service, DfEE
Chief Executive
Job Centre Plus at the
Department for Work and Pensions

Succeeded by
Lesley Strathie
Preceded by
John Lyon
as Director-General, Policing
and Crime Reduction Group
Second Permanent Secretary, Crime &c.,
of the Home Office

Succeeded by
Moira Wallace
as Director-General, Crime,
Policing and Counter Terrorism Group
Preceded by
Sir Richard Mottram
Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Work and Pensions

Succeeded by
Robert Devereux

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