Deputy National Security Adviser

Dr Christian Turner CMG


Christian Turner CMG was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser in April 2017.

He previously served as the Director General for the Middle East and Africa, leading the UK organisation of the London Syria Conference in February 2016. From 2012 to 2015 he was British High Commissioner to Kenya; and from 2009 to 2012 he was FCO’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, including as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.

Before joining government he made television documentaries, following completion of his PhD.

He is married with 2 children.

Deputy National Security Adviser

The Deputy National Security Adviser provides support to the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and National Security Adviser on foreign and defence policy.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Political (Acting)

    • 2017 to 2017
  2. Director General, Political

    • 2016 to 2017
  3. British High Commissioner to Kenya

    • 2012 to 2015


  1. Launch of Safaricom's Fourth Sustainability Report: FY 2014/2015
  2. Fairtrade Africa 10th Anniversary- Strathmore University
  3. UK-Kenya shared history: Recognition and Reconciliation
  4. Chevening Farewell Reception for 2015/2016 Kenyan scholars
  5. Big 5, Small 5: High Commissioner's speech at the Queen’s Birthday Party, Nairobi
  6. Remarks by British High Commissioner Christian Turner at CSO annual gathering
  7. Opening Session at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC)
  8. Launch of Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Trachoma Programme in Nairobi
  9. 2014/2015 Kenya Chevening Scholarship winners send off reception
  10. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Team Kenya