Sir Bob Kerslake

Former Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)


Former Permanent Secretary of the Department of Communities and Local Government

Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy

Sir Robert Walker 'Bob' Kerslake, is the former Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is the former Head of the Home Civil Service, after the retirement of the former holder, the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell (2005 - 2011).

Originally from Bath, he graduated with a first class degree in Mathematics from the University of Warwick where he was also secretary of the students' union. He later qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and went on to hold a number of posts with councils in London before becoming Chief Executive of the London Borough of Hounslow. He then moved to Sheffield to take up the post of Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council in 1997.

From 2008 to 2010 he was Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency; and in September 2010 Sir Bob was appointed Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

  • 18 April 2013, 10am

    CSaP annual conference 2013: Future directions for scientific advice in Whitehall

    Continuing the theme of the Future Directions seminar series, CSaP’s second annual conference will see leading speakers from government and academia explore the changing role of the analytical professions; how government can make better use of external academic expertise; and the nature of evidence in more open policy making.