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Simon Case appointed head of the UK’s civil service
Former Brexit department director rises to the top of the British government.
Updated 9/1/20, 1:13 PM CET
LONDON — Simon Case has been appointed Cabinet secretary and chief of the U.K.’s civil service.
Case’s promotion to one of the top jobs in the British government comes after he most recently helped shape the U.K.’s response to the coronavirus as permanent secretary in Downing Street.
The Cabinet Office announced Tuesday that he will take up the role on September 9, taking over from Mark Sedwill, who quit in June amid reports of a tense relationship with Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior aide.
Case, 41, has held various government official roles, including director general at the now-defunct Department for Exiting the EU, where he worked on the Irish border negotiations under Theresa May; principal private secretary to Prime Ministers David Cameron and May, and director of strategy at intelligence agency GCHQ. He has also served as private secretary to the Duke of Cambridge during the height of the Prince Harry/Meghan Markle saga, and is credited with the PR campaign to modernize Prince William and Kate Middleton’s public image.
In a statement, Boris Johnson said Case’s years of experience in government and working for the royal household make him “ideally suited” for the role.
Johnson also thanked Sedwill for his efforts. “After serving
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