Clara Swinson

Director General for Global and Public Health, Department of Health and Social Care


Clara Swinson was appointed Director General for Global and Public Health in November 2016. Her previous roles include:

-Director of Adult Social Care Policy
-Director of Health Protection
-Deputy Director, Cross Government Obesity Team
-Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health
-Health account manager, Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit

She lives in London with her partner and 2 children.

Part of the Department of Health senior team and an executive member of its board, the Director General is responsible for leading the department’s public health teams, including:

-emergency preparedness and health protection policy
-population health
-EU, international and prevention programmes
-health and work unit

The Global and Public Health Group sponsor 4 arm’s length bodies:

-Public Health England
-Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
-Human Tissue Authority
-NHS Blood and Transplant