Sir Philip Rutnam

Permanent Secretary, Home Office

Philip faces the camera smiling he wears a shirt, tie and suit.

Sir Philip Rutnam, KCB, joined the Home Office as Permanent Secretary in April 2017. He is responsible for
running the Home Office, the UK Government’s lead department for policing, counter-terrorism, serious and
organised crime, fire prevention, immigration, passports, and borders.

Prior to the Home Office, Sir Philip was the Permanent Secretary of the UK Department for Transport for five years, overseeing a number of major transport infrastructure projects. Alongside his role as Permanent Secretary, Sir Philip is currently the UK Civil Service’s Disability Champion. Sir Philip had previously been Director General, Business and Skills, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills where he was responsible for policy towards industry and enterprise, including economic development across the regions and support for small business.

Prior to that, Sir Philip was at the UK’s communications regulator 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.

A former senior UK Treasury official, Sir Philip’s career also includes working in corporate finance at Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong, as well as a period working for the Financial Secretary and having responsibility for the
Treasury’s interest in business and enterprise. In addition, Sir Philip represented the UK at the European Investment Bank. He was educated at Cambridge and Harvard.