Martin Donnelly (civil servant)

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Sir Martin Donnelly
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Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade
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Born (1958-06-04) 4 June 1958 (age 58)

Sir Martin Eugene Donnelly KCB CMG (born 4 June 1958) is a British civil servant. He is, since 2016, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.[1]


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 Finance Ministry, returning to the Treasury in 1996. From 1998 to 2003 he worked in the Cabinet Office as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat,[2] and then moved to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office for a year.[1][3]

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.[3][4]

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.[5]

Donnelly was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2002 Birthday Honours[1][2] and Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Donnelly studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Campion Hall, Oxford, international economics at the College of Europe in Bruges, and at the École nationale d'administration in Paris.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d A & C Black (2015). "DONNELLY, Martin Eugene". Who's Who 2016 (online ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b HM Government (2002-06-15). "Issue 56595 supplement". The London Gazette. p. B3. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Martin Donnelly CMG - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2016-03-08. 
  4. ^ Biography
  5. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-28. 
  6. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B3. 
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