Wanted. Permanent Secretary for the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. Key attributes – a thick skin, a blind eye and the ability to wield a sharp knife.
The speed with which the appointment process has moved since the resignation of Moira Wallace was announced at the unusual hour of 8pm on the evening of July 19th and the direct involvement of Sir Bob Kerslake, the head of the home civil service, are signs of the concern felt at the top end of Whitehall about what is happening in DECC and the way in which the Department has lost its way. Putting things right, however, will need something more than a change of personnel. Read more