Civil Service
Matthew Coats, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency

Matthew Coats

Matthew Coats is Director General for EU Exit Implementation, reporting jointly to Cabinet Office and the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Prior to his, Matthew was Chief Operating Officer at the Ministry of Justice. He joined the MoJ in 2012 as Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission, where he led the transition to the Legal Aid Agency.

Previously, he was appointed as Director General of the Legal Aid Agency and Corporate Services Group in June 2013.

His previous roles include:

Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency; Head of Immigration, UK Border Force, responsible for end-to-end policy and provision of the UK immigration system
Strategic Director, Asylum, Home Office
Head, Secondary Care, Department of Health, leading on policy for emergency care, elective care and diagnostics
12 years in the NHS as a hospital manager