Jeremy Heywood

The Lord Heywood of Whitehall

Sir Jeremy Heywood at the Civil Service Board meeting, January 2015
Heywood in 2015
Cabinet Secretary
In office
1 January 2012 – 24 October 2018
Prime Minister
Preceded byGus O'Donnell
Succeeded byMark Sedwill
Head of the Home Civil Service
In office
September 2014 – 24 October 2018
Prime Minister
Preceded byBob Kerslake
Succeeded byMark Sedwill
Downing Street Permanent Secretary
In office
11 May 2010 – 1 January 2012
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Downing Street Chief of Staff
In office
10 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byStephen Carter
Succeeded byEdward Llewellyn
Principal Private Secretary to the
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office
23 January 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byTom Scholar
Succeeded byJames Bowler
In office
4 June 1999 – 10 July 2003
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byIvan Rogers
Succeeded bySir John Holmes
Personal details
Jeremy John Heywood

(1961-12-31)31 December 1961
Glossop, Derbyshire, England
Died4 November 2018(2018-11-04) (aged 56)
Suzanne Cook (m. 1997)
Alma mater

Jeremy John Heywood, Baron Heywood of Whitehall, GCB, CVO (31 December 1961 – 4 November 2018) was a British civil servant. Heywood served as Cabinet Secretary from 1 January 2012, and Head of the Home Civil Service from September 2014, until stepping down in October 2018. He had previously served twice as the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as the Downing Street Chief of Staff and the first and only Downing Street Permanent Secretary.[1][2] After he was diagnosed with lung cancer,[3] he took a leave of absence from June 2018, and retired on health grounds on 24 October 2018, receiving a life peerage; he died two weeks later on 4 November 2018.

Early life and education

Heywood was born on 31 December 1961 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England.[4] His parents were Peter Heywood and Brenda Swinbank,[5][6][7] who met as teachers at Ackworth School in West Yorkshire, one of a few Quaker educational establishments in England.

Heywood was educated at the independent Quaker Bootham School in York, where his father taught English.[8] He studied history and economics at Hertford College, Oxford (where he was later made an Honorary Fellow), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1983, and economics at the London School of Economics, graduating with a Master of Science (MSc) degree in 1986.[9] He also attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1994.[4]

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