Permanent Secretary

Antonia Romeo


Antonia Romeo is Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade, which has responsibility for global trade promotion and finance, inward and outward investment, trade policy, and trade negotiation and market access arrangements with countries outside the EU. Prior to this, Antonia was Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Director General Economic and Commercial Affairs USA, and Special Envoy to the US technology companies.

Antonia began her career in the private sector, at strategic consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. She joined the civil service in 2000 as an economist, and has held a number of senior positions including Director General Criminal Justice at the Ministry of Justice, and Director General Economic and Domestic Affairs at the Cabinet Office.

Antonia holds an MA (PPE) from Oxford University, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and an Advanced Management Programme diploma from Columbia Business School.

Her previous senior roles in Her Majesty’s Government include:

  • Director-General and Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, responsible for coordinating policy advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, and delivery of the PM’s top priorities
  • Director-General, Criminal Justice at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), responsible for all criminal justice policy and major programmes
  • Director-General, Transformation at MoJ, responsible for reform and savings programmes, strategy, Digital Services, communications, Group HR and Group estates
  • Executive Director, Enterprise and Reform at Cabinet Office, responsible for reforming the Government’s governance and Board model, working with businesses
  • Director of Policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice at MoJ

Antonia is married to John Romeo and has 3 children.


Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading the Department for International Trade.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director-General Economic and Commercial Affairs USA

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. British Consul General in New York and Her Majesty´s Trade Commissioner for North America

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. Director General, Economic and Domestic Secretariat

    • 2015 to 2015
  4. Government's Special Envoy to the U.S. technology companies

    • 2015 to 2016
  5. Director General, Criminal Justice

    • 2011 to 2015