Former Deputy High Commissioner welcomes appointment of Matthew Rycroft as DFID Permanent Secretary

Matthew Rycroft
Matthew Rycroft

The current UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, has been appointed Department for International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary with effect from January 2018.

Speaking of his appointment, Matthew Rycroft: “It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to lead DFID and support Priti Patel and her ministerial team at this exciting time for the Department.

“I look forward to working with my new colleagues and across Whitehall: to ensure that the UK remains a world leader in the fight against poverty; to support the delivery of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development; and to tackle other global challenges.”

The appointment was welcomed by former UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr John Murton, who Tweeted: “Great news. Matthew brings heaps of UN and peacebuilding experience.”

UK Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, welcomed the appointment, adding: “I look forward to welcoming Matthew Rycroft as DFID’s new Permanent Secretary. Matthew’s track record throughout his career, and his interest in international development, mean that he brings to the role a global perspective and understanding. This is central to my ambition that we continue to lead the UK’s work to end extreme poverty and to build a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK.”

UKaid funded PSP4H (Private Sector Innovation Programme For Health) also welcomed Matthew to his role, Tweeting: “Congratulations from Kenya we implementing an innovative healthcare project PSP4H funded by DFID.”

Welcoming Matthew’s appointment Sir Jeremy Heywood said:
“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Matthew Rycroft as the Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Development.

“He is doing an excellent job as the UK Permanent Representative to the UN and will bring to the role a wealth of relevant experience from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Number Ten.

“I look forward to working with him as he starts his work delivering DFID’s important mission. I would also like to thank Nick Dyer for his excellent custodianship of the Department pending Matthew’s arrival in January 2018.”