Tricia Hayes has been appointed as director general of roads, devolution and motoring at the Department for Transport (DfT).
Hayes, who is currently aviation director at the DfT, will take up her post in March 2016 and replaces acting director general John Dowie.
She said: “This is an exciting time to be taking up this key role, with the government delivering the biggest investment in roads for a generation. I’m looking forward to working with partners across the country to ensure that our roads and local transport networks, which help shape the day-to-day quality of life of all our citizens, are safe, modern and reliable. I can’t wait to get started.”
Hayes civil service career has spanned 28 years, during which time she has occupied a number of senior posts at DfT and prior to that she held posts at Defra and FCO.