Our governance

The main decision-making, executive and managerial bodies at Department for International Trade (DIT).

Department for International Trade Board

Members are:

  • Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP - Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade (Chair)
  • Rt Hon Conor Burns MP - Minister of State for Trade Policy
  • Greg Hands MP - Minister of State for Trade Policy
  • Graham Stuart MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Exports)
  • Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister for Investment
  • Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary
  • Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser
  • John Mahon - Director General for Exports
  • Mark Slaughter - Director General for Investment
  • John Alty - Director General, Trade Policy Group
  • Louis Taylor - Chief Executive, UK Export Finance
  • Catherine Vaughan - Chief Operating Officer
  • Noel Harwerth - Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the UK Export Finance Board
  • Julie Currie - Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • Sir Stephen O’Brien - Non-Executive Board Member

The DIT maintains a register of departmental board members’ interests.

Executive Committee

Full members are:

  • Antonia Romeo - Permanent Secretary (Chair)
  • Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser
  • John Alty - Director General, Trade Policy Group
  • Catherine Vaughan - Director General Chief Operating Officer
  • Louis Taylor - Chief Executive, UK Export Finance
  • John Mahon - Director General for Exports
  • Mark Slaughter - Director General for Investment

Associate members are:

  • Antony Phillipson - Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HTMC) North America
  • Darren Tierney - Ministerial Strategy Director
  • Toby Orr - Communications Director
  • James Norton - HR and Organisational Development Director

Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (ARAC)

The Departmental Board established the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee to provide independent advice to support the Board and Accounting Officer in their responsibilities for issues of risk, control and governance.

Read the ARAC Terms of Reference.

Members are:

  • Julie Currie - Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the ARAC
  • Chris Jenkins - Independent Member
  • Richard Vincent - Independent Member
  • Lawrence Weiss - Independent Member
  • Jos Creese - Independent Member