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Jeremy Heywood Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife (Suzanne Elizabeth Cook), Children, Net Worth, Cancer and Death

4 November 2018, Former civil service chief Sir Jeremy Heywood dies of Cancer aged 56

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Jeremy Heywood Bio

Jeremy John Heywood was born on 31st  December 1961 and died on  4th November 2018. He was a senior British civil servant. He served as Cabinet Secretary from 1st January 2012, and Head of the Home Civil Service from September 2014, until stepping down in October 2018. He has previously served twice as the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, as well as the Downing Street Chief of Staff and the first and only Downing Street Permanent Secretary. After he was diagnosed with cancer, he took a leave of absence from June 2018, and retired on health grounds on 24th October 2018, but died two weeks later on 4th November 2018.
Jeremy Heywood Personal details
Jeremy Heywood Birthday He was born on  31st December 1961 in Glossop, Derbyshire, England
Jeremy Heywood Died He died on 4th November 2018 (aged 56)
Jeremy Heywood Cause of Death Cancer
Jeremy Heywood Nationality British
Jeremy Heywood Wife Suzanne Elizabeth Cook
Jeremy Heywood Children 3
Jeremy Heywood Education Bootham School
Hertford College, Oxford
London School of Economic
Jeremy Heywood Net Worth Heywood was earning a salary of between £195,000 and £199,999
Cabinet Secretary
In office 1 January 2012 – 24 October 2018
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded by Sir Gus O’Donnell
Succeeded by Sir Mark Sedwill
Head of the Home Civil Service
In office September 2014 – 24 October 2018
Prime Minister David Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded by Sir Bob Kerslake
Succeeded by Sir Mark Sedwill
Downing Street Permanent Secretary
In office 11 May 2010 – 1 January 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Office Created
Succeeded by Office Abolished
Downing Street Chief of Staff
In office 10 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Stephen Carter
Succeeded by Edward Llewellyn
Principal Private Secretary to the  Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
In office 23 January 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Tom Scholar
Succeeded by James Bowler
In office 4 June 1999 – 10 July 2003
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Ivan Rogers
Succeeded by Sir John Holmes

Jeremy Heywood Early life and education

Jeremy Heywood was born in Glossop, Derbyshire. His parents were Peter Heywood (father), an English teacher at independent Quaker school Bootham School, and Brenda Swinbank (mother), who was one of the first women in Britain to become a professional archaeologist.

He was educated at Bootham School, York, with a Quaker background and ethos, before taking a BA in History and Economics at Hertford College, Oxford, and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. He also studied for a semester at Harvard Business School.

Jeremy Heywood Cabinet Secretary

On 11th October 2011, it was announced that he would replace Sir Gus O’Donnell as the Cabinet Secretary, the highest-ranked official in Her Majesty’s Civil Service, upon the latter’s retirement in January 2012. It was also announced that Heywood would not concurrently hold the roles of Head of the Home Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office, as would usually be the case. These positions instead went to Sir Bob Kerslake and Ian Watmore respectively. Heywood was knighted and officially made Cabinet Secretary on 1st January 2012. In July 2014 it was announced that Kerslake would step down and Heywood would take the title of Head of the HCS in the coming autumn. In September 2014, Heywood succeeded Kerslake as Head of the HCS. As of September 2015, Heywood was paid a salary of between £195,000 and £199,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.

He visited The Guardians offices to warn its then editor, Alan Rusbridger, that The Guardians involvement with Edward Snowden could make it a target for “our guys” in British intelligence and “Chinese agents on your staff” in June 2013, 

He was criticised, nicknamed “Sir Cover-Up” when it emerged that he vetoed the release to the Chilcot Inquiry of 150 letters and records of phone calls between Blair and President George W. Bush before the 2003 Iraq War.

Heywood said in a blog that the “civil service did its job” and was “scrupulous” during the referendum, producing work “as we should, at pace and with accuracy”. It comes after officials were accused by Eurosceptics of promoting “Project Fear” during the EU referendum in a bid to keep Britain in the European Union. Iain Duncan Smith said: “There was huge pressure from Government and lines got blurred and broken. “But after purdah [which restricted civil servants] there was no question that the civil service was more comfortable being able to say no.” Heywood also admitted that the civil service will have to “go up a gear or two” as it seeks to unwind decades worth of EU laws and regulations.

Jeremy Heywood Cancer and death

Heywood was diagnosed with cancer in June 2017 and took a leave of absence from his position in June 2018 owing to his illness. He retired on health grounds on 24 October 2018.

He died on 4th November 2018, aged 56.

Jeremy Heywood Wife (Suzanne Elizabeth Cook) and Children

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Elizabeth Cook, married in 1997 and 3 children. Announcing his death, Suzanne paid tribute to a “wonderful father” who “crammed a huge amount into his 56 years”.

She said: “He saw it as a huge privilege to work so closely with four prime ministers and two chancellors and was unwavering in his efforts to help each of them reach their goals.

“He was always conscious of the need for civil servants to see the world through ministers’ eyes while at the same time respecting the boundaries between politicians and civil servants.

“Away from his work, he inspired admiration, respect and affection in his many and diverse group of friends and returned it to them. Jeremy could light up any room or conversation and loved hosting a good party.”

Jeremy Heywood with His Wife
Jeremy Heywood with His Wife

Jeremy Heywood Honours

Heywood was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2002 New Year Honours, and a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2003, before being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2012 New Year Honours. The Parliamentary Public Administration Committee cited the example of Heywood’s knighthood as an automatic honour granted due to his position and not for exceptional service.

On Heywood’s retirement as Cabinet Secretary on 24th October 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May nominated him for a life peerage in recognition of his distinguished service to public life. He was appointed Baron Heywood of Whitehall, of Glossop in the County of Derbyshire on 26th October 2018,  shortly before his death.

Jeremy Heywood Titles and styles

  • Jeremy Heywood (1961–2002)
  • Jeremy Heywood, CB (2002–2003)
  • Jeremy Heywood, CB, CVO (2003–2012)
  • Sir Jeremy Heywood, KCB, CVO (2012–2018)
  • The Right Honourable The Lord Heywood of Whitehall, KCB, CVO (2018)

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