Martin Donnelly became joint Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and acting Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Trade in July 2016.
Prior to that he was the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Martin has extensive economic and international experience, he:
- joined the FCO Board in 2004 as Director General, Europe and Globalisation, where he was G8 foreign affairs sherpa
- was the Deputy Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat, leading work on European economic reform for the government between 1998 and 2003
- has worked in the European Commission and been on secondment to the French Finance Ministry
Martin has also worked across Whitehall, starting his career in HM Treasury. He was Policy Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at the Home Office. He also served as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Joint Permanent Secretary, BEIS
The joint Permanent Secretaries are responsible for leading the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Acting Permanent Secretary, DIT
The Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading the Department for International Trade.
Previous roles in government
Permanent Secretary, BIS
- 2010 to 2016