Sir Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, Department for Work & Pensions

Join us to hear from Sir Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work & Pensions as he discusses his role in leading the UK’s biggest public service department. With 18 million people receiving pensions or benefits each month, the department’s work touches every citizen in the country at some point in their lives.

Sir Robert will share how they help people to prepare for and find work, process a range of welfare benefits and pensions to help people through life events and help separated parents to agree child maintenance arrangements.

He will also talk about how the department has become truly extraordinary by focusing on inspirational leadership and colleague engagement, and his own leadership journey within the Civil Service.


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  • About the speaker

    Robert is the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions, a post he has held since January 2011.

    He became a Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport in May 2007. His earlier career within the Civil Service included a decade working in HM Treasury, and posts in what were then the Department for Social Security and the Overseas Development Administration. He spent two years on secondment with Guinness Brewing Worldwide.

    Robert has a degree in maths, and masters in statistics, and was the previous head of the Policy Profession within the Civil Service.

    He was knighted in 2016, for services to transport and welfare, and for voluntary service in Kilburn, London.