Sir Martin Donnelly
|Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade|
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Position Established|
|Succeeded by||Antonia Romeo|
Martin Eugene Donnelly
4 June 1958
Newbury, Berkshire, England
Carol Jean Heald
(m. 1985; died 1996)
Donnelly joined the Treasury in 1980. In 1988 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and from 1989 in Brussels working in the Cabinet of Leon Brittan before returning to London in 1993. In 1995 he went on secondment to the French Ministry of Finance, returning to the Treasury in 1996. From 1998 to 2003 he worked in the Cabinet Office as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat and then moved to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office for a year.
In 2004, Donnelly was promoted to be Director-General for Economics (later, for Europe and Globalisation) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 2008–09 he went on secondment to UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, returning to the Cabinet Office to lead the Smarter Government whitepaper. In 2010 he was briefly made acting head of the FCO after Sir Peter Ricketts became the UK's first National Security Advisor. After a few months, he was appointed as permanent secretary at BIS, succeeding Sir Simon Fraser, who replaced[clarification needed] at the FCO.
As of September 2015, Donnelly was paid a salary of between £180,000 and £184,999, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.
In 2016 he announced plans to move non London based staff in BIS to London, out of step with other moves to decentralise the civil service. Questions were raised in Parliament about the rationale and evidence for this decision. Subsequent machinery of government changes limited the impact this had, although some staff had taken redundancy or moved to other positions before this was resolved. Donnelley has never apologised for this decision.
Public persona after leaving the Civil Service
- A & C Black (2015). "DONNELLY, Martin Eugene". www.ukwhoswho.com. Who's Who 2016 (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
- "No. 56595". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2002. p. 3.
- "Martin Donnelly CMG - GOV.UK". www.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015". www.gov.uk. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
- "Sir Martin Donnelly Joins Teneo as a Senior Advisor – Teneo". www.teneo.com. 13 November 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Our Firm – Teneo". www.teneo.com. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Sir Martin Donnelly Boeing in the uk executives".
- "Leaving single market 'like swapping a meal for a packet of crisps', warns ex-trade chief". The Guardian. 27 February 2018. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
- "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B3.
as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
| Permanent Secretary of the
Department for International Trade