I joined the FCO in 1993, when I was 33, after 10 years as an investment banker with Morgan Grenfell and then Barclays de Zoete Wedd. I spent six of those 10 years in Japan, and was a Director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd Limited before switching careers.
My first FCO job was Head of Pakistan/Afghanistan Section from 1993 to 1994.
In 1995 I was Private Secretary to the FCO Minister covering Americas, South and South-East Asia, Public Diplomacy, Consular & Visa work and (in the House of Commons) Africa and International Development.
I then did a stint in the Policy Planning Staff before serving in Washington as First Secretary covering UN, Africa and Asia from 1996 to 2000. At the start of that posting, I was seconded for 3 months to the US State Department’s East Asia & Pacific Bureau.
My next posting was to Riyadh as Director Trade & Investment for Saudi Arabia, from 2000 to 2003.
On return to London, I was Head of the Iraq Operations Unit 2003-4, then Head of Counter-Terrorism Policy Department 2004-6. I served as British High Commissioner (i.e. Ambassador) to Tanzania 2006-2009.
My wife Kasia is a teacher and writer. We met at Oxford University. We have 2 daughters and 5 sons. The eldest, who has Down’s Syndrome, is 23. The youngest is 13.
It is a fascinating and exciting privilege to work for the UK at the UN: trying to make the UN as effective and efficient as possible in pursuit of international peace, security, development and justice.