Mr Derek Baker was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Department of Education on 27 February 2017.
Mr Baker has 36 years experience in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. He has held senior positions in a number of departments including the Department of Health, the Department for Social Development, the Department of Finance and Personnel and Department of Education.
He was appointed acting Permanent Secretary of the Department for Employment and Learning in June 2013. In May 2016 he became Deputy Secretary in the new Department for the Economy, with responsibility for Strategic Policy and Analytical Services.