Philip Rutnam

Chair at National Churches Trust

Chair, National Churches Trust
Policy Leaders Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy

Sir Philip Rutnam was Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from April 2017 to February 2020; prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Transport for five years, during which time he joined the CSaP Policy Leaders Fellowship.

Philip had previously been Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for policy towards and industry and enterprise, including economic development across the regions and support for small business, and for further education policy including apprenticeships and the Skills Funding Agency.

Prior to BIS, Philip was at Ofcom where he helped to establish the organisation and then to lead its work on competition, economic regulation and use of the radio spectrum. He was a partner at Ofcom from 2003 and a member of the Ofcom Board from 2007 to 2009.

Philip’s career also includes working in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, a period as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary and responsibility for the Treasury’s interest in business and enterprise. He also previously represented the UK at the European Investment Bank.