The UK’s Department of International Trade (DIT) has appointed Richard Price as its chief economist and head of analysis.

Price has extensive civil service experience, having worked for the UK treasury on tax, trade policy and climate change; the home office as chief economist and strategy advisor; and the prime minister’s strategy unit, leading the treasury’s enterprise and business team.

Most recently, Price served as chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road, the transport regulator. Prior to that he was chief economist at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Commenting on the new appointment, international trade secretary, Liam Fox, says: “As chief economist, his team’s crucial work will directly support the development and delivery of the UK’s international trade policy as we move towards leaving the EU.”

Price adds: “It’s a privilege to join the department at this critical time, working to promote free and open trade and to counter protectionism.”