British Ambassador to Turkey

Sir Dominick Chilcott KCMG


Sir Dominick Chilcott is a career diplomat who joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1982. He has served as:

  • High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives (2006 to 2007)
  • Deputy Ambassador to the United States (2008 to 2011)
  • Ambassador to Iran (for six weeks only in late 2011 - the posting was ended by the attack on the embassy)
  • Ambassador to Ireland. (2012 to 2016)

He is now serving as the UK’s ambassador to the Republic of Turkey.

In addition to those postings, Dominick has served in Ankara (1985-8), Lisbon (1993-5) and at the UK’s mission to the European Union in Brussels (1998-2002).

Between overseas assignments, Dominick has worked in the FCO in London on European, African and Middle Eastern affairs. He has been a private secretary to two Foreign Secretaries, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and the late Mr Robin Cook. He was director of the Iraq Policy Unit in 2003 and director for bilateral relations with European countries from 2003-6.

Dominick is married to Jane and they have a daughter and three sons. They met at Oxford University where Dominick read philosophy and theology and Jane read English literature.

Before Oxford, Dominick spent a year in the Royal Navy as a midshipman. He went to school at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich.

Dominick’s hobbies include walking, sport of all kinds, reading, history, music and the theatre.

Follow Dominick on Twitter @DChilcottFCO

British Ambassador to Turkey

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

  1. British Ambassador to Ireland

    • 2011 to 2016