Debbie Gillatt

Former Director, Regional Growth Fund and Legacy at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Director, Regional Growth Fund and Legacy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Policy Fellow Alumna, Centre for Science and Policy

Debbie Gillatt is a long-standing civil servant in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, currently leading the cross-Departmental team which manages the Government’s £3.2bn Regional Growth Fund. The Fund offers grant support to projects and programmes which leverage private sector investment to support sustainable job creation in those parts of the country that need it most. Money is allocated through competitive bidding rounds.

Before starting her current job she led the cross-Whitehall team which supported Lord Heseltine in producing his report on the UK’s competitiveness. She has recently worked in the Cabinet Secretariat and managed Vince Cable’s ministerial support team. Her previous experience includes managing Government’s relationship with a range of business sectors from production machinery to telecoms, and ground-breaking work in both economic regulation and inward investment.