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Who we are

We work at home and overseas to safeguard Britain’s national security and build Britain’s prosperity, as well as support British citizens overseas.

We do this through a skilled team of over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices, with almost
10,000 members of staff employed from the 170 countries in which we operate.

Our Ministers

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Crown Copyright

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

John Ashton in front of a video camera

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 Management Board

Locarno Rooms, Crown Copyright

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

Our directorates

Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Crown Copyright

Read about the responsibilities of our directorates

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls

Hague Shaking Hands

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

Our Legal Advisers

Providing advice to our Ministers and officials on law and practice arising in the course of FCO business.

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

See also

FCO on Flickr

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