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David Cameron has announced the appointment of Stephen Lovegrove this week, as the new Permanent Secretary at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Currently Chief Executive at the Shareholder Executive, Stephen has been very actively involved in the Olympics as a Board member of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mr Lovegrove said: “It is a great honour to be given the opportunity to lead the department at such an important time for Britain’s energy and climate change policy. Our sustainability, resilience and growth agendas need to advance together over the coming years . . . and I am absolutely delighted to be able to continue and intensify that effort on a broader front.”

He is expected to start the post in February and replaces Moira Wallace, who left in October 2012. So who has been running the department in the mean time, and if it is running nicely without a permanent secretary could we save money by not having one?

The DIY Doctor bloggers will keep up to date with news from the DECC and let you have our verdict.

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