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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
New civil service head announced
Gus O'Donnell
Sir Gus is moving from the Treasury
Sir Gus O'Donnell has been appointed by Tony Blair to be Cabinet Secretary - the head of the UK's civil service.

He replaces current incumbent, Sir Andrew Turnbull, in a role which will see him sitting in on Cabinet meetings and paid up to 264,250 a year.

Sir Gus, 52, moves from his current job as permanent secretary at the Treasury.

He previously served as press secretary to former Conservative prime minister John Major, before a stint at the UK embassy in Washington.

He returned to Whitehall when Labour won power in 1997.

Downing Street said he was selected after a competition between several other senior mandarins and the decision was made "purely on the merits of the individual".


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Profile of Gus O'Donnell
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