Tom Scholar

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Tom Scholar
Permanent Secretary to Treasury
Assumed office
2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Nicholas Macpherson
Prime Minister's Adviser, European and Global Issues
In office
2013–2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sir Jon Cunlifee
Second Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury
In office
2009–2013
Minister Alistair Darling (until May 2010)
George Osborne (from May 2010)
Preceded by John Kingman
Succeeded by Sharon White
Principal Private Secretary to the
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
27 June 2007 – 23 January 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Oliver Robbins
Succeeded by Jeremy Heywood
Downing Street Chief of Staff
In office
27 June 2007 – 23 January 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jonathan Powell
Succeeded by Stephen Carter
Personal details
Born December 1968 (age 47)
Nationality British
Alma mater Trinity Hall, Cambridge, London School of Economics
Occupation Civil servant

Thomas Whinfield Scholar (born 17 December 1968) is a British civil servant currently serving as Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury.[1] Scholar was previously he Prime Minister's Adviser on European and Global Issues in the Cabinet Office.[2]

Career[edit]

Scholar joined HM Treasury in 1992, rising to Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1997, serving Gordon Brown for four years until 2001. Following that posting, Scholar served as the British representative on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, attached to the British Embassy in Washington as Minister for Economic Affairs for six years.[2]

In 2007, following Brown taking over the leadership of the Labour Party and thus the office of Prime Minister, Scholar returned to the UK taking over the two roles of Downing Street Chief of Staff from Jonathan Powell and of Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister from Oliver Robbins.[2] After six months, Scholar left Number 10 to return to the Treasury as the Managing Director of its International and Finance Directorate in January 2008. The next year, Scholar was promoted to be the Second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, taking over from John Kingman.[3] In this role, Scholar was a director of the nationalised bank, Northern Rock.[4]

Four years later, in 2013 Scholar returned to Downing Street, now under David Cameron, to run the European and Global Issues Secretariat in the "private office" part of the Cabinet Office. As such he was the Prime Minister's most senior adviser on international affairs until his appointment on 11 March 2016 as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury.[2][5][6] As of September 2015, Scholar was paid a salary of between £150,000 and £154,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[7]

In March 2016 the government announced that Scholar will succeed Sir Nick Macpherson as Permanent Secretary to the Treasury in April 2016.[1] It is not yet known who will replace Scholar at the Cabinet Office.

Personal life[edit]

Scholar was educated at Dulwich College (1979–1986),[2] Trinity Hall, Cambridge (where he read Economics[8]) and the London School of Economics.[2] He has two younger brothers, Richard and John. Scholar's father, Sir Michael Scholar, is also a civil servant, currently employed as the non-executive chairman of the British government's Statistics Board and former President of St John's College, Oxford. He is married to Fabiola Altimari and has three daughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Permanent Secretary to the Treasury announced - News stories - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f A & C Black (2016). SCHOLAR, Thomas Whinfield. Who's Who 2016 (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Tom Scholar - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Investor Relations | Virgin Money UK". Companyinfo.northernrock.co.uk. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ "New Second Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury appointed - News stories - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  6. ^ Traynor, Ian; Watt, Nicholas (2016-02-16). "Meet the sherpas: the key people quietly negotiating UK-EU reforms". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-02. 
  7. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  8. ^ Commons, The Committee Office, House of. "House of Commons - Public Accounts - Minutes of Evidence". www.publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 

Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury.

Government offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Powell
Downing Street Chief of Staff
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Stephen Carter
Preceded by
Oliver Robbins
Principal Private Secretary
to the Prime Minister

2007–2008
Succeeded by
Jeremy Heywood
Preceded by
John Kingman
Second Permanent Secretary,
HM Treasury

2009–2013
Succeeded by
Sharon White
Preceded by
Sir Jon Cunliffe
Prime Minister's Adviser,
European and Global Issues

2013–
Vacant
Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Macpherson
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Permanent Secretary,
HM Treasury

2016–present
Succeeded by
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