Moira Wallace

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Moira Wallace OBE is a former British civil servant and the current Provost of Oriel College, Oxford.[1] 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. Before that Wallace had undertaken 10 years in HM Treasury, including three years as Private Secretary to Nigel Lawson and John Major when each was Chancellor of the Exchequer. She was Economic Affairs Private Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. She 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 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.[2]

She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours in August 1997.

She announced her resignation from the DECC on 19 July 2012.[3] It was rumoured that her departure was prompted by the conflicting views of various politicians in charge of the DECC, especially over subsidies for renewable energy, and promoting the continued use of gas (most controversially from fracking).[citation needed]

On 25 February 2013 it was announced that Wallace would be the first female Provost of Oriel College, Oxford University. She took up the post in September 2013.[4]


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  2. ^ This article contains OGL licenced text One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text published under the British Open Government Licence: "Moira Wallace Permanent Secretary". Department of Energy and Climate Change. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Energy department shaken by resignation of top civil servant". The Guardian. 19 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Provost announced". Oriel College. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Derek Morris
Provost of Oriel College, Oxford
2013 to present