Alastair Morgan took up his current appointment as British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in December 2015.
Prior to his appointment in Pyongyang, Alastair served as Consul-General, British Consulate-General Guangzhou, from 2010 to 2014, having previously held the post of Commercial Counsellor and Director of Trade & Investment for China in British Embassy Beijing from March 2007 to December 2010.
Alastair has had two previous diplomatic postings in East Asia, both in British Embassy Tokyo. From 1991 to 1996 he was First Secretary (Trade Policy) and from 2002 to 2006 he was Counsellor Trade Policy and Director of Inward investment. He also worked in Tokyo on loan to the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2002 and from 1983 to 1985 as a Lecturer in English language and literature at Gakushuin University.
Alastair joined the Department of Trade & Industry in 1985 and his subsequent appointments have included Director of Operations at the Invest in Britain Bureau.
Alastair studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University and speaks Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. He is married with three children.
British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
Consul-General in Guangzhou
- 2010 to 2014