Permanent Secretary

Sir Martin Donnelly KCB CMG

Biography

Martin Donnelly is Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade (DIT). He was previously the joint Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Prior to that he was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Martin has extensive economic and international experience, he:

  • was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2016
  • 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.

Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is responsible for leading the Department for International Trade.

Previous roles in government

  1. Acting Permanent Secretary, DIT

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Joint Permanent Secretary, BEIS

    • 2016 to 2016
  3. Permanent Secretary, BIS

    • 2010 to 2016

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