Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU

Katrina Williams


Katrina Williams became the Deputy Permanent Representative to the European Union in March 2017. Previously she was Director General, International and Growth in the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) from December 2016. Prior to this she was Director General for International, Science and Resilience in the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and then in BEIS.

Before joining DECC, Katrina was Director General for Strategy, Evidence and Customers in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), advising ministers on the department’s strategic focus and overseeing all its international and EU 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 European matters in the run-up to and during the UK’s 2005 Presidency of the EU. She has had a range of roles in the Department of Trade and Industry, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Cabinet Office as well as the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Defra and has twice served in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.

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Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU

The Deputy Permanent Representative is a senior diplomat and typically an important advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, International and Growth, BEIS

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Director General International, Science and Resilience Group, DECC

    • 2013 to 2016
  3. Director General, Strategy, Evidence and Customers, Defra

    • 2012 to 2013