Who is top civil servant Simon Case?

Boris Johnson’s sister has suggested that Cabinet Secretary Simon Case was central to the then-prime minister’s arrangement of an £800,000 credit facility. It comes as

Labour has asked for an investigation into the appointment of BBC chairman Richard Sharp amid claims he helped Mr Johnson secure a loan – weeks before the then-PM recommended him

for the role. Rachel Johnson denied any knowledge of her brother’s financial affairs before reports emerged in The Sunday Times. She told the BBC’s Sunday With Laura

Kuenssberg programme: “All the parties involved have given statements to The Sunday Times, which suggest they did everything above board and everything was transparent. “I

suggest you ask Simon Case, who seems to be the linchpin in both these stories, to come on and say what happened.” According to The Sunday Times, Mr Sharp introduced

multimillionaire Canadian businessman Sam Blyth – who proposed to act as Mr Johnson’s guarantor for a credit facility – to Mr Case. The newspaper said Mr Johnson, Mr Sharp

and Mr Blyth then had dinner at Chequers before the loan was finalised, though they denied the then PM’s finances were discussed. Mr Sharp, a former Goldman Sachs banker,

was announced as the Government’s choice for the BBC role in January 2021. Mr Case was appointed Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service in September 2020 following

a shake-up under Mr Johnson and his chief adviser Dominic Cummings. Previously, Mr Case spent nearly two years as the private secretary to the then-Duke of Cambridge before

temporarily moving to Number 10 in May 2020 as a permanent secretary to assist with the coronavirus response.