Brexit UK negotiating team profile: DExEU Director General Sarah Healey

Newington's Tiffany Burrows and Katie Milne profile Sarah Healey, DExEU Director General.

Age: 41


A career civil servant (and University Challenge champion), Healey is now Oliver Robbins’ deputy at DExEU.

Experience: 15 years

Healey has had roles in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department for Education. Prior to this, she was Director General at the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Director for Private Pensions at DWP, and Director of Strategy and of Education Funding at the Department for Education.

Red tape rating: 4/5

Healey entered the civil service immediately after graduating, and has held senior positions in numerous Whitehall departments before joining the Department for Exiting the European Union. 

Contention rating: 1/5

Given her lack of exposure to the media, and as a career civil servant, Healey is not seen as controversial. Former Minister Ed Vaizey MP

Described her as “incredibly sharp and intelligent” and stated that “there are no flies on her at all”.

Twitter followers: 483