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Antonia Romeo

Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade

Antonia Romeo is the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade, which has responsibility for global trade promotion and finance, inward and outward investment, trade policy, and trade negotiation and market access arrangements with countries outside the EU.

Prior to this, Antonia was Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Director General Economic and Commercial Affairs USA, and Special Envoy to the US technology companies.

Antonia began her career in the private sector, at strategic consultancy firm Oliver Wyman. She joined the Civil Service in 2000 as an economist.

Her previous senior roles in Her Majesty’s Government include:

  • Director-General and Head of the Economic and Domestic Secretariat in the Cabinet Office,
    responsible for coordinating policy advice to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, and delivery of
    the PM’s top priorities
  • Director-General, Criminal Justice at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), responsible for all criminal
    justice policy and major programmes
  • Director-General, Transformation at MoJ, responsible for reform and savings programmes,
    strategy, Digital Services, communications, Group HR and Group estates
  • Executive Director, Enterprise and Reform at Cabinet Office, responsible for reforming the
    Government’s governance and Board model, working with businesses
  • Director of Policy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice at MoJ
    Antonia holds an MA (PPE) from Oxford University, an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics, and an Advanced Management Programme diploma from Columbia Business School. She is married with 3 children.