Melanie Henrietta Dawes, CB (born 9 March 1966) is a British economist and civil servant. Since March 2015, she has been Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. She was the first permanent secretary to be appointed under a new scheme in which the Prime Minister has the final say over selection. She previously worked at HM Treasury, at HM Revenue and Customs, and in the Cabinet Office. She is a Trustee of the Patchwork Foundation, founded by Harris Bokhari.
|Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government|
|Assumed office |
1 March 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron |
|Preceded by||Sir Bob Kerslake|
Melanie Henrietta Dawes
9 March 1966
Benedict Brogan (m. 1992)
|Awards||Companion of the Order of the Bath (2013)|
Early life and educationEdit
Dawes was born on 9 March 1966. She was educated at Malvern Girls' College, then an all-girls independent school in Malvern, Worcestershire. She studied at New College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. She then undertook postgraduate studies in economics at Birkbeck College, London, graduating with a Master of Science (MSc) degree.
Dawes joined Her Majesty's Civil Service in 1989. After two years at the Department for Transport, she spent 15 years at HM Treasury, ending her time there in the role of Europe Director from 2002 to 2006. Then, from 2006 to 2011, she worked at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). She was Director General for Business Tax at HMRC from November 2007, replacing Dave Hartnett. From October 2011 to 2015, she was Director General of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office.
In January 2015, Dawes was announced as the next Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government, succeeding Sir Bob Kerslake. She was the first permanent secretary to be appointed under a new scheme in which the Prime Minister has the final say in the recruitment process; the PM now chooses directly from a list created by the Civil Service Commissioners, rather than only having a veto over the Commissioners' preferred candidate. She took up the position on 1 March 2015. As of 2015, Dawes was paid a salary of between £160,000 and £164,999 by DCLG, making her one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.
Dawes was Chair of the Alcohol Recovery Project from 2003 to 2005. She was a Member of the Council of Which? between 2011 and 2015. On 1 March 2015, she was appointed the Civil Service Gender Champion. She was a judge for the 2015 Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Dawes is a trustee of the Patchwork Foundation.
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Dawes, a career Treasury civil servant said by some to have been drafted into HMRC to keep an eye on the taxmen, just happens to be married to Benedict Brogan
- "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 2.
Business & Compliance Strategy
| Director General, Business Tax
HM Revenue & Customs
Economic and Domestic Secretariat,
Sir Bob Kerslake
| Permanent Secretary of the
Ministry for Housing, Communities
and Local Government