Prime Minister's Europe Adviser

Oliver Robbins


Oliver Robbins was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Europe Adviser on the 18 September. In this role he will have the responsibility of being the Prime Minister’s EU Sherpa and Coordinator of the negotiations with the European Commission. He leads a small Europe Unit, based in the Cabinet Office, whose focus will be on working with DEXEU to develop the overarching approach to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Oliver has had a long Civil Service career spanning HM Treasury, Downing Street and the main board of an operational agency. Previously, he was the Permanent Secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union. Prior to that, he was the Second Permanent Secretary at the Home Office. From January 2014 to September 2015 he was Director General at the Civil Service, leading on Civil Service reform. He was also the Deputy National Security Adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and the UK’s National Security Council.

Prime Minister's Europe Adviser

  • give the Prime Minister the best possible advice on how to lead the Government’s approach

  • support coherent and timely cross-Government decision-making

  • work with other departments to advocate and deliver the Government’s position with European partners

Previous roles in government

  1. Permanent Secretary (Department for Exiting the European Union)

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Second Permanent Secretary

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Director General, Civil Service Reform

    • 2014 to 2015