Richard Pengelly was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health on 1st July 2014.
Prior to this Richard‘s previous post was as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Regional Development (DRD) now the Department of Infrastructure.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant, and before joining the Department for Finance and Personnel in 1998 he worked in the Northern Ireland Audit Office and in private accounting practice.
He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Warwick University.
Outside of work, Richard, is a father of 3 young boys. His sporting interests include rugby and golf.
As Accounting Officer and Chief Executive he oversees the business of DoH, which comprises:
- Health and Personal Social Services, which includes policy and legislation for hospitals, family practitioner services, community health and personal social services
- Public Health, which covers responsibility for policy and legislation to promote and protect the health and well-being of the population of Northern Ireland
- Public Safety, which encompasses responsibility for the policy and legislation for the Fire Authority, food safety and emergency planning