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Sir Hugh Taylor to leave Department of Health

  • Published date:
    22 June 2010
Sir Hugh Taylor

Sir Hugh Taylor, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, has announced today that he will be retiring on 31 July 2010 after a 38-year career in the Civil Service.

Sir Hugh joined the Department of Health in 1998 as the Director General dealing with workforce issues in the NHS Executive and became Permanent Secretary in 2006. He began his civil service career in 1972 in the Home Office and has also worked in the Prison Service and the Cabinet Office. 

Sir Hugh, who was 60 in March this year, stayed on beyond his retirement date to support the Department’s pre-election preparations and the new Coalition Government in its early weeks.

From 1 February 2011, Sir Hugh will take up a non-executive role as Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Sir Hugh said:

'I have had a wonderful 38 years in the Civil Service, serving different political administrations; and the privilege of leading the Department for the last few years has been the absolute high point.
'I am immensely proud of the way we have supported the new Coalition Government in its first few weeks and have greatly enjoyed working with the new Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley, and his ministerial team. I regret that my retirement means I can no longer continue to work with them, but I recognise the Department needs a Permanent Secretary who can provide continuity and stable leadership over the next few years.'

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

'I am very grateful to Sir Hugh for staying on as Permanent Secretary beyond the usual retirement age in order to support the transition to a new Government. I have enjoyed and benefited greatly from working with him.  I congratulate him on his new appointment and wish him very well for the future.

'On behalf of the whole ministerial team here, and all the staff working in the Department and across the NHS and social care services, I thank him for all he has done to support improvements in health and social care services.'

Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell said:

'Hugh deserves the thanks and best wishes of everyone in the Civil Service for his years of dedicated service. His work leading the Department of Health through difficult economic times has been unparalleled. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to him for the service he has given this country, and wish him all the best for the future.'

A recruitment competition to appoint Sir Hugh’s successor will be launched shortly.

Richard Douglas CB, currently the Department’s Director General for Finance, and Chief Operating Officer, will take on the role of Acting Permanent Secretary from 1 August 2010.

Note for editors:

1. The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments has given advice on Sir Hugh’s appointment to the role of Chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The advice can be seen via the link below.

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