British Ambassador to France

Edward Llewellyn OBE

Edward Llewellyn  OBE



Edward Llewellyn (Lord Llewellyn of Steep) became British Ambassador to France on 9 November 2016. Before joining the Embassy, he was the Downing Street Chief of Staff under former Prime Minister David Cameron (2010-2016) and his Chief of Staff as Leader of the Opposition (2005-2010).

He started his career in 1988 in the Research department of the Conservative Party. In 1992, he worked as an adviser to Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, and then in the office of the High Representative in Sarajevo in 1997.

He worked with Chris Patten again in Brussels from 1999 when the latter was appointed European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he returned to Sarajevo as Chief of Staff to the High Representative, Lord Ashdown.

A francophone, Ed Llewellyn has worked with the British Embassy in Paris team several times throughout his career. He is married to Anne, herself a French national, and they have 3 young children. In 2016, he was appointed Lord Llewellyn and became a member of the House of Lords.

Curriculum Vitae

2010 - 2016 Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
2005 - 2010 Chief of Staff to the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition
2002 - 2005 Chief of Staff to Lord Ashdown, High Representative, Sarajevo
1999 - 2002 Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations
1997 - 1999 Office of the High Representative, Sarajevo
1992 - 1997 Personal Adviser to the Governor of Hong Kong
1988 - 1992 Conservative Research Department (incl a year as a Private Secretary to Lady Thatcher, Nov 90-Oct 91)

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British Ambassador to France

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 consular services.