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.
This is where you can meet the people in charge – the Secretary of State and the various Ministers who make up the political team
The Prime Minister and/or Foreign Secretary appoint special representatives
Simon Fraser is the Permanent Under Secretary of State
Find out about the role, function, purpose and membership of the FCO Management Board. The board is chaired by the Permanent Under-Secretary
Read about the responsibilities of our directorates
Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls lead the work of our posts around the world.
Providing advice to our Ministers and officials on law and practice arising in the course of FCO business.
How and why diversity plays a major role in what we do as an employer, service provider and policy leader