Antonia Romeo

Permanent Secretary at Department for International Trade (DIT)

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

Antonia Romeo was appointed as Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Trade in 2017. DIT has responsibility for trade policy, trade negotiation and market access arrangements with countries outside the EU, global trade promotion and finance, inward and outward business investment, and the GREAT Campaign.

Antonia was previously Her Majesty's Government's Special Envoy to the US technology companies, a role she began in October 2015. In this role she worked with the US-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.

She also worked at the Ministry of Justice (as Director General, Criminal Justice, responsible for all criminal justice policy and major programmes, and as Director General, Transformation, responsible for reform and savings programmes, strategy, Digital Services, communications, Group HR and Group estates) and as the Executive Director, Enterprise and Reform at Cabinet Office, responsible for reforming the Government’s governance and Board model, working with businesses.

Antonia sits on the Civil Service Board and Senior Leadership Committee, is the Civil Service Gender Champion, and is President of the Whitehall Choir. She 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.