Sir John Gieve's Biography

John Gieve has been Permanent Secretary of the Home Office since April 2001. It is one of the biggest and most complex departments in government which is responsible for expenditure of some £20 billion a year and employs more than 70,000 people.

John joined the Civil Service in 1974 working in the Department of Employment. He moved to Treasury in 1979 and worked on employment and energy policy before becoming Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary.

Between 1984 and 1986 John was seconded to

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