Hugh Widdis to take top job in Northern Ireland DOJ

Hugh Widdis to take top job in Northern Ireland DOJ

Hugh Widdis

Northern Ireland’s most senior government lawyer, Hugh Widdis, has been appointed as permanent secretary of the Department of Justice.

Mr Widdis is currently the head of the Government Legal Service for Northern Ireland and the Departmental Solicitor for the Northern Ireland Executive.

He previously worked as a barrister in private practice and as an in-house lawyer for a financial services company.

Mr Widdis will take up his new role from 15 April 2024, when Richard Pengelly CB departs to become chief executive at the Education Authority.

Justice minister Naomi Long said: “I want to thank Richard for his service to justice for the past two years and to wish him well in his new role.

“Richard has a long and esteemed civil service career which has seen him undertake his responsibilities with diligence and dedication. I have no doubt he will bring that same commitment to his new role.”

She added: “I am pleased to welcome Hugh Widdis who will take position as permanent secretary on 15th April 2024. Hugh has a proven track record and is well respected amongst his peers.

“I look forward to working with Mr Widdis in the time ahead and to delivering a new chapter for the Department.”

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