Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Join us to hear from Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Sue's talk will focus on the policy priorities and initiatives at DCMS. 

Attendees will be invited to take part in a subsequent Q&A, conducted under the Chatham House rule.



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  • About the speaker

    Sue became Permanent Secretary for Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 1 October 2013. In July 2014 Sue became the Civil Service LGB&T Champion and was appointed overall Civil Service Diversity Champion in August 2015. She has championed diversity and inclusion throughout her career; as an academic working on women's lower lifetime earnings; working on parental leave at No10; as disability champion at HM Treasury, researching women's progress to the senior civil service since 2008, as LGB&T Champion in DFID and DWP. She is married to Prof. Martin Albrow and has one son (24) and 3 older stepsons. She lives in SE London, is a keen cook and gardener and supports Everton FC.

    Career highlights include:

    • Director General, Department for Work and Pensions, 2009-2013
    • Director General for Corporate Performance, Department for International Development, 2006-2009
    • Director, EMU Policy, Euro Preparations and Debt Management, HM Treasury, 2002-2005
    • Counsellor Economic, British Embassy Washington, 1999-2002
    • Adviser on family policy, Number 10 Policy Unit, 1998-99
    • Assistant secretary EU Coordination & Strategy, HM Treasury, 1995-1998
    • Economic adviser posts at HM Treasury (macro forecast, labour market, Germany), 1989 1995
    • Research fellow then lecturer in economics, University College Cardiff, 1978-88