Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice
Richard Heaton has been Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Justice since September 2015. Previously he was at the Cabinet Office as Permanent Secretary and First Parliamentary Counsel.
Richard started his career as a barrister, and joined the Home Office as a legal adviser in 1991. He then worked in legal teams across government, focussing particularly on criminal law, the constitution, and human rights law.
His recent legal and non-legal posts have been:
- Director of legal services at Department for Constitutional Affairs (now Ministry of Justice)
- Head of law and governance at Department for Work and Pensions
- Director General for pensions and ageing society, Department for Work and Pensions