Our governance

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


Department for International Trade Board

Members are:

  • The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP - Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade (Chair)
  • The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP - Minister for Trade Policy
  • Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister for Investment
  • Ranil Jayawardena MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for International Trade)
  • Mike Freer MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Exports)
  • James Bowler - Permanent Secretary
  • Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser
  • Andrew Mitchell - Director General, Exports and UK Trade
  • Catherine Vaughan - Chief Operating Officer
  • Jo Crellin - Director General, Trading Systems
  • Amanda Brooks - Director General, Trading Negotiations
  • Ceri Smith - Director General, Strategy and Investment
  • Louis Taylor - Chief Executive, UK Export Finance
  • Dominic Johnson CBE - Interim Lead Non-Executive Board Member with responsibility for the Union
  • Dr Dambisa Moyo - Non-Executive Board Member
  • Douglas Carswell - Non-Executive Board Member
  • Noël Harwerth - Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the UK Export Finance Board
  • Sir Stephen O’Brien - Non-Executive Board Member

Standing Attendees are:

  • Bidesh Sarkar - Director, Finance and Business Services
  • Anthony Green - Director, Ministerial Strategy
  • Jon Tunney - Director of Communications

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

Executive Committee

Full members are:

  • James Bowler - Permanent Secretary (Chair)
  • Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser
  • Catherine Vaughan - Chief Operating Officer
  • Andrew Mitchell - Director General, Exports and UK Trade
  • Ceri Smith - Director General, Strategy and Investment
  • Jo Crellin - Director General, Trading Systems
  • Amanda Brooks - Director General, Trade Negotiations
  • Louis Taylor - Chief Executive, UK Export Finance
  • Anthony Green - Director, Ministerial Strategy

Associate members are:

  • Bidesh Sarkar - Director, Finance and Business Services
  • Richard Price - Chief Economist
  • Alan Gemmell - Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, South Asia
  • Jon Tunney - Director of Communications
  • James Norton - Director, HR and Organisational Development

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:

  • Dominic Johnson CBE - Interim Lead Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the ARAC
  • Sir Stephen O’Brien - Non-Executive Board Member
  • Hanif Barma - Independent Member
  • Jos Creese - Independent Member
  • Robert Milburn - Independent Member