Mark Browne was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Education on 1 March 2021.
He has 36 years’ experience in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Since 2013 he has served as Deputy Secretary in The Executive Office; prior to this he was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Agriculture from 2009.
Mark graduated from Queen’s University in 1980 and was awarded his doctorate from Queen’s in 1989. His civil service career started in 1985 as a statistician in the Department of Finance. He has held senior positions in a number of departments including Education, Agriculture and the Executive Office.