The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that the Government has appointed Katherine Licken as Secretary General of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The appointment will be effective from Friday January 20th 2017.
Katherine Licken was previously Assistant Secretary in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, where she has responsibility for telecommunications market interventions, including the National Broadband Plan, EU and national telecommunications and internet policy, cyber security, the National Digital Strategy and the Emergency Call Answering Service.
Katherine also spent seven years in the energy area, working in renewable heat and transport fuels, as well as having corporate governance responsibility for a number of State energy companies and responsibility for security of supply. Katherine is a graduate of Dublin City University and is currently completing a post-graduate diploma in corporate governance at the UCD Smurfit School.