Lianne Patterson has been Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education since 30 November 2020. She had been Deputy Secretary for Resources, Reform and Infrastructure at the Department from 8 March 2019.
In this role Lianne has responsibility for Finance, Investment and Infrastructure, Area Planning, Admissions and Shared Campuses, Corporate Services and Governance, Analytical Services and Education Workforce Development.
Lianne is a Chartered Accountant and previously worked in Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining the Civil Service in 2005. She was previously Deputy Secretary in the Department for Regional Development and prior to taking up her current post was the Director of Justice Delivery in the Department of Justice.