Sir Ivan Rogers is a former senior British civil servant, who was the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union from 4th November 2013 until his resignation on 3 January 2017. Rogers successful applied for a place on the civil service’s ‘fast track’, and chose the Department of Health and Social Security. In 1992, he was seconded to The Treasury and did not return to his former department.
He served in the Treasury, including as Private Secretary, to Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer. He then was seconded to the European Commission as Chief of Staff to Sir Leon Brittan, returning to be Director, European Strategy and Policy and later Director of Budget and Public Finances under Gordon Brown. In 2003, Rogers was chosen to succeed Jeremy (later Sir Jeremy) Heywood as the Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair. After three years in this role, Rogers left the civil service in 2006 to become Head of the UK Public Sector Group at Citigroup.
In 2010, Rogers transferred to be Head of the Public Sector Industry Group, UK and Ireland, at Barclays Capital from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, Rogers returned to the civil service as the Prime Minister’s Adviser for Europe and Global Issues and the Head of the European and Global Issues Secretariat, based in the Prime Minister’s Office at Number 10, replacing Jon Cunliffe who had become the senior British diplomat at the EU. On Cunliffe’s move to the Bank of England the next year, Rogers succeeded him again, moving to Brussels in 2013. Following the Brexit referendum in June 2016, Rogers became a key civil servant in the negotiations to leave.
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