Director General, Localism

Helen Edwards CBE


Helen Edwards took up her role as Director General, Localism for DCLG on 7 May 2013.


She began her civil service career at the Home Office, which she joined in 2002, serving as the director of the Active Communities Directorate.

Other career highlights include:

  • 2004 - director general of the Home Office’s Communities Group
  • 2006 to 2008 - chief executive of the National Offender Management Service
  • 2008 to 2013 - director general of the MOJ’s Justice Policy Group

Helen originally trained and worked as a social worker for East Sussex County Council. Before joining the civil service Helen worked for Save the Children and at Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, where she spent the last 5 years as chief executive.

Director General, Localism

The DCLG board’s role is to advise and support ministers on the operational implications and effectiveness of policy proposals and help turn policy from ideas into actions and results.

Part of DCLG’s leadership team, and an executive member of its board, the Director General, Localism helps with that task. The Localism Group has responsibility for local government, fire, communities and the Big Society.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General

    • 2008 to 2013

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