Permanent Secretary and First Parliamentary Counsel

Richard Heaton


Richard Heaton has been Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office since August 2012. He has also been First Parliamentary Counsel since February 2012.

Richard started his career as a barrister, and joined the Home Office as a legal adviser in 1991. He then worked in legal teams across government, focussing particularly on criminal law, the constitution, and human rights law.

His recent legal and non-legal posts have been:

  • Director of legal services at Department for Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice)
  • Head of law and governance at Department for Work and Pensions
  • Director General for pensions and ageing society, Department for Work and Pensions

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    Ministerial department

    1. Cabinet Office


    1. Office of the Parliamentary Counsel

    Permanent Secretary and First Parliamentary Counsel

    The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department, responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.

    First Parliamentary Counsel oversees the Government in Parliament Group, which includes Parliamentary Counsel and the Business Managers in each House of Parliament. The Group works with teams across government to prepare and deliver the government’s legislative programme.


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