Christopher was appointed UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe in February 2016.
Christopher joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. He has completed diplomatic postings to Prague (1991-93), Bangkok (1995), Riyadh (1995-1999) and Mauritius (1999-2002). He then engaged in multilateral work for seven years in London. He served as HM Ambassador to Macedonia from 2010-2014 then lead the British Embassy in Slovenia from 2014-2015.
During his multilateral experience, Christopher spent three years as Deputy Head of the International Organisations Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His responsibilities included UK policy towards the United Nations, OSCE, Council of Europe and the Commonwealth. His thematic interests have involved human rights, war crimes policy and UN sanctions.
Christopher attended Marling Grammar School in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
He is married to Annette and has two daughters and one son.
UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe
The Ambassador’s role is to represent the UK within an international organisation, engaging with every other country or organisation that belongs to or observes the body. The Ambassador is also responsible for the direction and work of the Mission. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Head of Mission, Slovenia
- 2014 to 2015
British Ambassador to Macedonia
- 2010 to 2014