New Permanent Secretary for Department of Education


DE Release:

The Department of Education has announced that Mark Browne is to be the new Permanent Secretary.

Mark Browne has 36 years’ experience in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Since 2013 he has served as Deputy Secretary in The Executive Office; prior to this he was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Agriculture from 2009.

He will take up post in the Department of Education on 1 March 2021.

New Permanent Secretary for Department of Education Education Minister, Peter Weir, said: “I want to congratulate Mark on his success in the recent competition to appoint a new Permanent Secretary for my Department. He brings with him an extensive range of skills and experience that are essential in such a key post.

“Mark is joining the Department at a time when we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on the education sector.

“I look forward to working with Mark in tackling the significant strategic challenges facing the education sector in the months and years ahead.”

Paying tribute to former Permanent Secretary, Derek Baker, the Minister said:
“I want to thank Derek Baker for his hard work, dedication and contribution to the Department and the wider education sector. He was widely respected by his colleagues and held many senior positions during his 40 years in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. I wish him all the very best in his retirement.”