Sir Colin Budd KCMG


Sir Colin was appointed to ACOBA in 2009. He started his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1967, serving in Warsaw, Islamabad, The Hague and Bonn, including 2 years as Chef de Cabinet to the Vice-President of the European Commission.

His previous roles include:

  • HM Ambassador to The Netherlands
  • Deputy Under Secretary of State (Europe and Economic) of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee
  • Private Secretary to 2 cabinet ministers

From 2006 to 2007 he was a Member of the Commission for Racial Equality. He is currently a member of the QC Selection Panel and on the Board of the London School of Economics’ IDEAS centre for the study of international affairs.

Previous roles in government

  • Member of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments