Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Health and Social Care
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Shona Dunn was appointed Second Permanent Secretary in April 2021 having previously served as Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office since October 2018.
At the Home Office she worked closely with the Permanent Secretary on all aspects of Home Office leadership, and takes particular responsibility for the borders, immigration and citizenship system. Shona was also acting Permanent Secretary in 2020.
Before joining the Home Office, Shona worked at the Cabinet Office where she was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Affairs secretariat. She has also held a number of previous senior roles including Director of Fire and Resilience and Director of Town and Country Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government, as well as Director General of Education Standards at the Department for Education.