Permanent Secretary

Sir Martin Donnelly KCB CMG


Martin Donnelly has been the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills since October 2010.

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.

Permanent Secretary

The Permanent Secretary is the head of the department. The Permanent Secretary sits on the Departmental Board and chairs the Executive Board.

The Permanent Secretary has responsibility for overseeing the workings of the department, officials’ conduct and, as the Accounting Officer, the financial propriety of BIS.


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