UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU
Policy Leaders Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy
Katrina Williams has been UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU since March 2017. Previously, she was Director General, International and Growth at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and prior to this she was Director General for International, Science and Resilience at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Before joining DECC, Katrina was Director General for Strategy, Evidence and Customers in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from April 2012, advising Ministers on the Department’s strategic focus, overseeing all its International and EU work and how it gets the evidence it needs to support its work. From 2008-12 she was Director-General for Food and Farming in Defra, having joined the Department as a Director covering a range of animal health policies. From 2003-06 she was Deputy Head of the European Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, co-ordinating Whitehall policy and advising the Prime Minister on all matters European in the run-up to and during the UK’s 2005 Presidency of the EU, reflecting a strong strand of expertise in EU issues and negotiation in her career: she has had a range of roles in DTI, FCO and Cabinet Office as well as MAFF and Defra as well as her roles in the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.
To read about Katrina's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.