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UK gets first black permanent secretary at Treasury

PROMOTION: Sharon White

A SEASONED civil servant has become the first woman and first black person to be appointed permanent secretary at the Treasury.

Sharon White is to succeed Tom Scholar as the second permanent secretary for finance functions – propelling her to the top of Whitehall’s most powerful department.

She will be responsible for overseeing the UK's public finances and the government's austerity programme.

White has worked in government for 25 years including the Department of Work, and the Pensions and Justice Ministry.

In 2011, she led the review of the Treasury's management response to the financial crisis.

She has also worked at the World Bank and is married to Robert Chote, head of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

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