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Breakfast Briefing with Jo Shanmugalingam, Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

Author WIG Date 6 Mar 2024

A Recording of the WIG Breakfast Briefing with Jo Shanmugalingam, Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport



In 2021, the UK government published the Transport Decarbonisation plan, providing a framework to move towards net zero emissions across all modes of transport by 2050. Achieving this ambitious goal will require long term cooperation with stakeholders across central and local government, industry, academia, and the wider public sector. We are delighted to invite you to hear from Jo Shanmugalingam, Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport to share insights on key focus areas across her teams and identify where there is scope for further collaboration to drive progress.

Watch this briefing to:

  • Understand the DFT’s current strategic priorities around transport decarbonisation, such as EV and sustainable low carbon fuels.
  • Explore the DfT’s approach to supporting economic growth across the UK; enhancing the transport ecosystem to meet current and future needs for businesses and communities.
  • Discuss opportunities for greater collaboration, as organisations across the sectors look to plan and invest in future transport infrastructure.



Closed captions and transcripts are available.

Please note the Q&A is not included in this recording.

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Speaker at the Event

Jo Shanmugalingam became Second Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT) on 30 May 2023.

Jo was previously Director General for Science, Innovation and Growth at the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) from its creation in February 2023, having originally been appointed in July 2019 as Director General, Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Before joining BEIS, Jo was Director of Corporate Effectiveness at the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and Strategy Director at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of a jobshare with Susannah Storey.

Jo started her career at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). She spent 6 years at the Shareholder Executive (now UKGI) where she was responsible for taking the legislation to privatise Royal Mail through Parliament and for the government’s shareholder interests in businesses including Post Office Ltd and Ordnance Survey.