Alex Chisholm

Permanent Secretary at Cabinet Office


Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office

Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Alex Chisholm became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in March 2020, he will be leading a new reform programme for the civil service. Previous to this he was the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in since September 2016. Prior to that he was Joint Permanent Secretary for BEIS.

He is also Trustee and Deputy Chair at the international charity Breadline Africa.

Previous career highlights include: Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC); Chief Executive of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA); Chairperson and Commissioner of Ireland’s communications regulatory agency, ComReg; Chair of the Economic Regulators Network in Ireland; senior executive positions in the media, technology and e-commerce industries, with Pearson plc, Financial Times Group, eCountries Inc and Ecceleration Ltd.