Antonia Romeo

Permanent Secretary at Department for International Trade

Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Antonia was appointed as Permanent Secretary for the Department of International Trade in 2017. She was previously Her Majesty's Government's Special Envoy to the U.S. technology companies, a role she began in October 2015. In this role she worked with the U.S.-based technology firms across prosperity, security, and regulatory issues, based out of New York.

Before becoming Special Envoy she was 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 for oversight of the Implementation Unit and the operation of the Implementation Task Forces to deliver the Prime Minister's top policy priorities.

Antonia started her career in the private sector as a strategy consultant for financial services firm Oliver Wyman. She joined the civil service in 2000 as an economist. Her civil service career includes the following roles:

  • Director-General, Criminal Justice at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ)
  • Director-General, Transformation at MoJ
  • Executive-Director of Governance and Enterprise at the Cabinet Office
  • Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice at MoJ

Antonia has an MA (PPE) from Oxford, and an MSc (Economics) from the London School of Economics.