DECC gets new Permanent Secretary

Alex Chisholm has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The appointment has been made by the Prime Minister David Cameron in agreement with the Cabinet Secretary, Jeremy Heywood, and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd.

Chisholm will take up his post at DECC on July 4, 2016.

Commenting on his new role, Alex Chisholm said: “I am delighted to be joining DECC at this important time for energy and climate change policy. I look forward to working with the Department’s ministers and officials, and getting to grips with the many different challenges involved in ensuring the UK has secure, affordable and clean energy supplies.”

Amber Rudd said: “I greatly look forward to welcoming Alex as DECC’s new Permanent Secretary. His experience across the public and private sectors, including most recently at the CMA, will be hugely valuable to our Department.

“This is an important time for DECC as we work to deliver the secure, affordable and clean energy our families and businesses can rely on now and in the future. Alex’s leadership will be vital as we continue our drive to improve the energy market, reduce people’s bills and build an energy infrastructure fit for the 21st century.”

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