Antonia Romeo has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade (DIT), following the creation of the department to promote British trade across the world and lead, coordinate and deliver a new trade and investment policy for the UK.
Antonia is currently Her Majesty’s Consul General and Director General Economic and Commercial Affairs US, where she is responsible for the economic and trade relationship between the UK and North America. Previously she was Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. Her appointment follows an open international competition. She will take up post on 27 March, based partly in the US until the summer.
This appointment has been made by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, and in agreement with the Secretary of State for International Trade, The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP.
To support the establishment of a world-class trade negotiation function and lead this new profession within the Civil Service, a new expert Second Permanent Secretary post will also be established in the Department for International Trade, reporting to the Permanent Secretary. The global search for an international trade negotiating expert to fill this post will open soon. Continue reading the full press release.