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Who we are

Foreign Secretary William Hague addressing staffWe are Britain’s diplomatic service and represent the UK government overseas.

We are made up of 14,400 people working in over 170 countries.

Around one-third of our workforce is made up of British civil servants and two-thirds is employed locally by our embassies and posts.

We celebrate diversity and recruit our staff from a broad range of backgrounds so that we benefit from fresh experiences and perspectives.

Our Ministers

This is where you can meet the people in charge – the Secretary of State and the various Ministers who make up the political team

Special representatives

The Prime Minister and/or Foreign Secretary appoint special representatives

Permanent Under Secretary

Simon Fraser

Simon Fraser is the Permanent Under Secretary of State

The FCO Board

Find out about the role, function, purpose and membership of the FCO Board. The board is chaired by the Permanent Under-Secretary

Our directorates

Read about the responsibilities of our directorates

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls

Ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles with Afghan District Administrator, Uluswal

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls lead the work of our posts around the world.

Our history

Find out about the FCO's history and buildings, and the work of FCO historians

Diversity in the FCO

Our Staff Networks and Partners

How and why diversity plays a major role in what we do as an employer, service provider and policy leader

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