01 Sep Simon Case: Prince William’s former private secretary named UK’s new top civil servant | Politics News
A former private secretary to Prince William has been named the UK’s new top civil servant.
Simon Case will take up his role as the new cabinet secretary on 9 September, the Cabinet Office confirmed.
Aged 41, he is the youngest holder of the role since 1916.
He spent almost two years working as the Duke of Cambridge’s right-hand man, before temporarily moving to Downing Street earlier this year to help with the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr Case will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the government and ensuring it joins up with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s policy agenda.
Sir Mark Sedwill announced in June that he would be stepping down as cabinet secretary.
His decision followed reports of clashes with Dominic Cummings, the PM’s chief adviser.
The appointment comes as an overhaul of Whitehall by Number 10 continues.
Five senior civil servants have left their roles so far this year, under the so-called “hard rain” shake-up reportedly orchestrated by Mr Cummings.
The PM said Mr Case would be a “fantastic” cabinet secretary, adding: “His years of experience at the heart of government and working for The Royal Household make him ideally suited for this crucial role.”
Mr Johnson also thanked Sir Mark for his “outstanding service to the government and the country as a whole”.
“After serving for decades with great distinction, I believe he has earned the gratitude of the nation,” the PM added.
Mr Case said it was an “honour” to be appointed.
“Over these few months of working on the COVID response, I have seen how much hard work is being done by the Civil Service to support the government and our country through unprecedented times,” he said.
“It is a privilege to come into this role to lead a service that is working day in, day out to deliver for people right across the country.
“I’m grateful to Mark for the kindness and support he has given me in my career and I wish him well for his next chapter.”