Paul Kett

Director General at Department for Education

Director General, Department for Education
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Paul has been a Director General at the Department for Education since February 2017. He is a member of the leadership team and is responsible for education standards and for the digital and transformation functions. A member of the DfE Board and the Implementation Committee, Paul also chairs the DfE Digital, Data and Technology Committee. Prior to his appointment as Director General, he was Director, Teachers and Teaching with responsibility for the teaching profession and school leadership.

Before joining the Department for Education, Paul was Director for Army Reform at the Ministry of Defence. A member of the British Army’s Executive Committee and reporting to the Chief of the General Staff, he was responsible for delivering a number of cross-cutting projects, including the Army Command Review and reforms of the Army Reserve. Prior to that, Paul spent three years as Director, Justice Reform at the Ministry of Justice, where he was responsible for developing cross-Criminal Justice System strategy and policy. In 2012, Paul also served as the co-chair of the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.

Before joining the Ministry of Justice, Paul was Programme Director for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority and prior to that, Head of Secretariat at the Commission on Scottish Devolution. Amongst other roles earlier in his career, Paul was the Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Paul joined the Civil Service on the Faststream programme.

Paul has a BSc in Physics from the University of Leicester and an MPhil in the Science and Engineering of Materials from the University of Birmingham. Paul is a graduate of both the Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) and the Orchestrating Major Projects Programme, at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and is a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge University Centre for Science and Policy. Paul is a trustee of the national education charity SkillForce, home to The Prince William Award.