Kerry Hourihan

Commissioner

Commissioner

Commissioner

Kerry joined the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Maritime Directorate as Head of Employment, Pensions and Training in September 2012. She has had a wide range of maritime roles since then including managing the first London International Shipping Week, introducing and running the Merchant Navy Medal State Award and since 2016 has headed up the team responsible for maritime skills, diversity and career promotion. Since March, Kerry has been leading the Maritime Directorate’s COVID-19 Communications and Briefing team but is still the lead official for maritime skills.

Prior to that Kerry started her career in the civil service 20 years ago on their graduate programme and has had a number of roles across several Government departments including the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Communities and Local Government and being a member of an interdepartmental team working for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry. Kerry has worked in a range of areas including policy, communications and stakeholder management, bill work, finance and project work. However, with a background in mathematics and education, Kerry spent many years working in a variety of economic policy roles with a focus on skills and employment at both the regional and local level, including regional economic policy, cities policy and working on the introduction of Local Enterprise Partnerships.