Political Director

Sir Tim Barrow GCMG LVO MBE


Sir Tim Barrow is the Political Director at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

Tim joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1986 working in the Western European Department. His first overseas posting was in 1989 as part of the British Days Exhibition, followed by Second Secretary in Moscow.

His previous roles were:

  • Head of Russia Section
  • Private Secretary to Minister of State
  • First Secretary, UKREP Brussels
  • Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary
  • Head of Common Foreign and Security Department
  • Assistant Director, EU External
  • Deputy Political Director
  • Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Kyiv
  • Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and Ambassador to the Western European Union, UKREP Brussels
  • Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Moscow
  • Political Director
  • UK Ambassador to the European Union, and before that the UK’s Permanent Representative to the EU in Brussels

Political Director

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCDO by ensuring that the department meets the international policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers.

The Political Director is responsible for the delivery of UK policy for geographical areas of:

  • Europe
  • Russia and Former Soviet Union states
  • Central Asia

The Political Director is also responsible for:

  • European Union
  • G7
  • United Nations Security Council
  • sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • UK Ambassador to the EU
  • UK Permanent Representative to the EU
  • Director General, Political
  • British Ambassador to Russia