James Bowler (civil servant)
James Edward Bowler, CB (born July 1973) is a senior British civil servant currently serving as the second permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office since October 2020 where he is leading the COVID Taskforce for the British Government. Before assuming this role Bowler worked for a short tenure from March 2020 as the Director General for Policy, Communication and Analysis at the Ministry of Justice. Bowler is currently Trustee of the charity Police Now.
|Cabinet Office Second Permanent Secretary|
|Assumed office |
9 October 2020
|Prime Minister||Boris Johnson|
|Preceded by||Simon Case |
(As Downing Street Permanent Secretary)
|Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister|
11 May 2010 – 5 December 2011
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Jeremy Heywood|
|Succeeded by||Chris Martin|
|Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer|
|Preceded by||Mark Bowman|
|Succeeded by||Dan Rosenfield|
Prior to March 2020 Bowler worked at Her Majesty's Treasury for eight years, serving the positions of Director General for Public Spending between May 2017 and March 2020, Director General for Tax and Welfare between April 2015 and May 2017 and Director for Strategy, Planning and Budget between January 2012 to April 2015. Bowler was promoted to Director General in April 2015.
Bowler has also served under Gordon Brown when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer having been appointed as his Principal Private Secretary between 2005 and 2007. Bowler continued to work closely with Brown during his premiership as Prime Minister.
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(Downing Street Permanent Secretary)
| Cabinet Office Second Permanent Secretary
| Ministry of Justice Director General for Policy, Communication and Analysis
| HM Treasury Director General for Public Spending
| HM Treasury Director General for Tax and Welfare
| HM Treasury Director for Strategy, Planning and Budget
| Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
| Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer