Director General International, Science and Resilience Group, DECC and Director General, International and Growth

Katrina Williams

Biography

Katrina Williams has been Director General, International and Growth since December 2016. Prior to this she was Director General for International, Science and Resilience at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Before joining DECC, Katrina was Director General for Strategy, Evidence and Customers in Defra, advising ministers on the department’s strategic focus, overseeing all its international and EU work and how it gets the evidence it needs to support its work. From 2008 to 2012 she was Director General for Food and Farming in Defra, having joined the department as a director covering a range of animal health policies.

From 2003 to 2006 she was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, co-ordinating Whitehall policy and advising the Prime Minister on all matters european in the run-up to and during the UK’s 2005 Presidency of the EU, reflecting a strong strand of expertise in EU issues and negotiation in her career: she has had a range of roles in DTI, FCO and Cabinet Office as well as MAFF and Defra and has twice served in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

Director General International, Science and Resilience Group, DECC

The new International, Science and Resilience Group (ISR) draws together all our international activities, science and innovation and responsibility for resilience, nuclear assurance and decommissioning. The group includes the International Climate Change and International, EU and Energy Security teams.

Director General, International and Growth

The Director General is responsible for the following areas:

  • cities and local growth
  • devolution
  • europe
  • international
  • Regional Growth Fund

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General for Strategy, EU exit and Finance

    • 2012 to 2013