Peter Jones CMG

Distinguished Fellow; Former COO and Director-General, FCDO


Peter Jones served in the British Diplomatic Service for over thirty years, retiring from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in 2021. Peter was Chief Operating Officer and Director-General at the then Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2017 to 2020, up to its merger with the Department for International Development. Prior to that, Peter was FCO Director for Defence and International Security from 2014 to 2017.

Peter served in four UK diplomatic missions overseas: the UK Delegation to the Conventional Arms Control Negotiations in Vienna, British Embassies Bonn and Rome, and British High Commission Accra, where he was British High Commissioner to Ghana and non-resident British Ambassador to Togo and Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2014. He served as FCO Director Migration from 2009 to 2011.

Much of Peter’s diplomatic work, both in the UK and overseas, has been concerned with international security policy issues, including NATO, European security, counter-proliferation, arms control and arms exports, as well as the UK’s defence and security relationships with international partners.


Latest publications

View all publications