Ceri Smith became Director General, Strategy and Investment in the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in February 2023. From April 2021 he was Director General, Strategy and Investment at the Department for International Trade (DIT).
He joined DIT after 8 years at UK Government Investments where, amongst other things, he set up the British Business Bank, and led on the government’s shareholder interests in Channel 4, the Land Registry, Homes England and the Ordnance Survey. He was a Non-Executive Director at the British Business Bank and a Non-Executive member of the Homes England Board.
Ceri previously spent almost 20 years across a range of economic policy roles in HM Treasury and the Business Department, has worked in Brussels with the Foreign Office and with the DTI’s Small Business Service.
Ceri is a Trustee of the MS Society and a governor of Camden School for Girls.
Director General, Strategy and Investment
The Director General, Strategy and Investment is responsible for:
delivering a new investment strategy for Department for Business and Trade (DBT)
providing oversight of the investment services function, including the Office for Investment (OfI), to ensure that the UK attracts the most strategic and impactful investments
leading DBT’s strategy teams
developing department-wide positions on a range of policy issues as part of our new operating model