Appointment of new Permanent Secretary at Defra

Tamara Finkelstein has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary at The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Finkelstein is currently serving as the interim Permanent Secretary at Defra and was previously the department’s Director General for EU Exit.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “I am delighted Tamara has been chosen as Defra’s new Permanent Secretary. She is an outstanding public servant I have very much enjoyed working with. I know she will provide superb leadership to a great department and I am very much looking forward to working with her on our exciting agenda.”

Tamara Finkelstein said: “I am truly thrilled to be leading Defra at this time, as we tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead to improve our environment, support our biodiversity with thriving rural communities and food, farming and fisheries sectors. I look forward to building on Defra’s culture of community and inclusion, and to working with Permanent Secretaries across government and public service leaders to deliver for government and the public together.”

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