Sir David John Normington, GCB (born 18 October 1951) is a retired British civil servant. He served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2005, and then of the Home Office until 2011. From 2011 until 2016 he served as both the First Civil Service Commissioner and the Commissioner for Public Appointments for the British government.
A graduate of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Sir David's career began in the Department of Employment. There he was responsible variously for the previous Government’s programme of trade union reform, for measures to reduce unemployment, and for youth training. He was Principal Private Secretary to Tom King, Secretary of State for Employment in 1983 and 1984. He was also responsible for co-ordinating the efforts of central Government to regenerate the seven most deprived London boroughs.
In 1995, when the Department of Employment and Department of Education merged, he played a central role in the creation of the new Department for Education and Employment (DfEE). From there he moved on to become DfEE’s Director-General for Strategy and Analytical Services and for the International Division in the run-up to the UK Presidency of the European Union. In 1998, Normington became the Director-General for Schools, bringing together responsibility for all schools policy and operations. He became Permanent Secretary in 2001 where he served for five years until joining the Home Office as its Permanent Secretary in January 2006. His performance at the Home Office was strongly criticised by Home Secretary John Reid, who described the department as "Not fit for purpose".
He has been called "something more akin to James Bond than a top civil servant, and his nickname in his previous appointment as permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Skills was ‘the smiling assassin’ He is also described as ‘extremely charming’, ‘civilised and urbane’ – and a ‘tough nut'. One of Normington's lasting legacies in the DfES was his decision to reduce the Department's workforce by approximately a third, made in 2003. This decision came in advance of the subsequent budget announcing a large reduction of the civil service as a whole, leading some to speculate that Normington had made his own cuts early in an attempt to curry favour. He applied for the job of Cabinet Secretary but was beaten by Sir Gus O'Donnell, due to concerns that his appointment would dangerously damage Civil Service morale.
Normington was appointed a Commander of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2000 New Year Honours, promoted to Knight Commander of the same Order (KCB) in the 2005 New Year Honours, and promoted again to Knight Grand Cross of that Order (GCB) in the 2011 New Year Honours. In 2010 it was announced that he would retire from the Civil Service and become the First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments, the first time the two roles had been combined.
He was responsible for initiating the investigation that ended with the police arresting shadow immigration minister Damian Green, allegedly because Green told the press that the government had given licenses to illegal workers, that an illegal worker was employed in the Houses of Parliament, and two more documents.
The complaint was dismissed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS),  after MP's concluded "that growing frustration in both the Home Office and the Cabinet Office may have led officials to give an exaggerated impression of the damage done by the leaks that could reasonably be presumed to have emanated from the Home Office" .
Illegitimate and unauthorised attempts have allegedly been made to exploit Sir David Normington's reputation by improperly using his name to sponsor or lend credibility to entry clearance and visa applications by foreign nationals seeking to come to the United Kingdom. 
Sir Michael Bichard
| Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Education and Skills
Sir David Bell
Sir John Gieve
| Permanent Secretary of the
Dame Helen Ghosh
Dame Janet Paraskeva
| First Civil Service Commissioner
1 April 2011 – 1 April 2016
Kathryn Bishop (interim)
Dame Janet Gaymer
| Commissioner for Public Appointments
1 April 2011 – 1 April 2016
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The recipients of honours are displayed as they were styled before their new honour and arranged by the country (in order of independence) whose ministers advised The Queen on the appointments, then by honour with grades i.e. Knight/Dame Grand Cross, Knight/Dame Commander etc. and then divisions i.e. Civil, Diplomatic and Military as appropriate.Civil Service Commission (United Kingdom)
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There are similar bodies for two other jurisdictions of the United Kingdom – the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland and the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland.
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The department was led by Secretary of State for Education and Skills.
The DfES had offices at four main locations: London (both at the Sanctuary Buildings and Caxton House), Sheffield (Moorfoot), Darlington (Mowden Hall), and Runcorn (Castle View House). The DfES was also represented in regional Government Offices.
The DfES had jurisdiction only in England as education was the responsibility of the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Assembly.
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Sir Philip Rutnam 2017-present
Sir Mark Sedwill 2013– 2017
Helen Kilpatrick 2012–2013 (acting)
Dame Helen Ghosh 2011–2012
Sir David Normington 2006–2010
Sir John Gieve 2002–2006
Sir David Omand 1997–2002
Sir Richard Wilson 1994–1997
Sir Clive Whitmore 1988–1994
Sir Brian Cubbon 1979–1988
Sir Robert Armstrong 1977–1979
Sir Arthur Peterson 1972–1977
Sir Philip Allen 1966–1972
Sir Charles Cunningham 1957–1966
Sir Frank Newsam 1948–1957
Sir Alexander Maxwell 1938–1948
Sir Russell Scott 1932–1938
Sir John Anderson 1922–1932
Sir Edward Troup 1908–1922
Sir Mackenzie Dalzell Chalmers 1903–1908
Sir Kenelm Digby 1895–1903
Sir Godfrey Lushington 1885–1895#
Hon Sir Adolphus Liddell 1867–1885
Horatio Waddington 1848–1867
Samuel March Phillips 1827–1848
Henry Hobhouse 1817–27
John Beckett [later Sir John Beckett, Bart.] 1806–1817
John King 1792
Scrope Barnard 1789Michael Bichard, Baron Bichard
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Wynn Normington Hugh-Jones (born 1923), former British diplomat, administrator and Liberal Party official
David Normington, the First Civil Service Commissioner and Commissioner for Public Appointments for the British government
Grant Normington (born 1990), English footballer who is currently playing for Non-League side Hall Road Rangers
John Normington (1937–2007), English actor who appeared widely on British television from the 1960s until the year of his deathOctober 18
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Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB)
Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB)
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