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Sir Martin Donnelly

Senior Advisor

Sir Martin Donnelly is a Senior Advisor to Teneo.

Mr. Donnelly is a high-profile UK official whose career across central government, starting in the Treasury to Whitehall leadership at Permanent Secretary level, has connected closely with business decision makers in the UK and internationally. He has a wide network of senior contacts and connections across business and the public sector.

Mr. Donnelly joined the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as Permanent Secretary in October 2010, responsible for 20,000 staff and a £20 billion budget across the department and its subsidiaries. Prior to this, he was acting Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from May to August 2010, guiding the department through the first months of the coalition government. At the end of 2009, he led the Cabinet Office review, which produced the Smarter Government Report and in 2008-09 was on secondment to Ofcom as Senior International Partner.Mr. Donnelly has extensive economic and international experience. He joined the FCO board in 2004 as Director General, Europe and Globalisation, where he was G8 foreign affairs Sherpa. Between 1998 and 2003, he was the Deputy Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat, leading work on European economic reform for the Prime Minister. He has also been a member of the personal staff of the European Commission Vice President, and on secondment to the French Finance Ministry. Mr. Donnelly was knighted in June 2016.

During his career, Mr. Donnelly has worked on economic policy issues across Whitehall and with key business stakeholders. He was Policy Director of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate at the Home Office and led the Treasury teams controlling defense spending and managing European monetary issues. He has served as Private Secretary to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.