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Top civil servant Hill has already left Defra

Defra has confirmed that its most senior civil servant had already left the department when her replacement was announced earlier this month.

An announcement on 3 July said permanent secretary Bronwyn Hill, pictured above at a select committee hearing, would be replaced “during the summer” by Clare Moriarty, currently director-general at the Rail Executive in the Department for Transport.

In a statement, cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood thanked Hill for her “dedicated public service over the past three decades”.

Environment secretary Liz Truss said Moriarty would bring “a wealth of experience” in delivering major projects and leadership.

There was no information at the time about the timetable for the changeover or what Hill, in her mid-fifties, was moving on to. 

In response to questions from MRW, Defra said that “Bronwyn Hill’s tenure came to an end in March 2015” and repeated that Moriarty would arrive in the summer.

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