Negotiations Lead – Telecoms & Digital Trade
CAPE Policy Fellow
Damian Allinson is a trade negotiator for HM Government, leading negotiations on digital infrastructure and telecommunications in a number of Free Trade Agreements. He previously coordinated DIT’s strategy on digital trade, and secured agreement on digital trade facilitation in the UK’s multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations.
Damian has held roles in the Foreign Office, No10, and DExEU. He was diplomatic & devolution lead for 10 Downing Street’s Task Force Europe, the team that negotiated the UK-EU deal. Damian was part of the team that returned thousands of Brits stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, and later led the Foreign Office’s EU Vaccines Supply Team, working to guarantee the continued supply of COVID-19 vaccines into the UK. Prior to joining government, Damian was a government, trade & EU policy advisor at EY.
Damian read History & French at the University of York before completing a Masters in EU & International Relations at the Collège d’Europe. He enjoys running, hitchhiking, and being an uncle to his six nieces and nephews.