Director General, Trade Policy

John Alty


John joined the IPO as chief executive officer and comptroller general in February 2010.

John is a career civil servant who has worked for the majority of time in the Business Department. His most recent role in Policy and his last post was as Director General at the Fair Markets Group in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

As part of his commitment to transparency, John makes available his scheduled stakeholder meetings.

During July 2016, John has been asked to take on the role of acting Director General in the newly formed Department of International Trade. To ensure the IPO is properly led during this period, John has asked his deputy, Sean Dennehey to take on the role of acting Chief Executive.

Director General, Trade Policy

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, BIS

    • 2012 to 2013
  2. Chief Executive and Comptroller General, IPO

    • 2010 to 2016