Director of Communication

Hugo Shorter


Hugo Shorter is the interim Director of Communication at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Previously he was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Lebanon from September 2015 to August 2018. Before that, Hugo advised the Foreign Secretary on a wide range of Foreign Policy priorities as Head of External Affairs for Europe Directorate.

He has also co-ordinated the UK’s foreign policy work on G7/8, coming after an early-career focus on defence, security and trade policy, and successful postings as Minister Counsellor for Europe and Global Issues, Paris and Deputy Head of Mission, Brasilia.

Hugo Shorter attended school in Rio de Janeiro, before taking degrees at Oxford University and the École Nationale d’Administration. He is married and has 3 children.


  • 2015 to 2018: Ambassador to Lebanon
  • 2012 to 2015 FCO, Head, Europe Directorate External
  • 2007 to 2012 Paris, Counsellor, Europe & Global issues
  • 2004 to 2007 Brasilia, Deputy Head of Mission
  • 2001 to 2004 FCO, Deputy Head North East Asia & Pacific Department
  • 2000 to 2001 Private Secretary to Minister of State
  • 1998 to 2000 FCO, Head, Trade Policy Section, EU Department-External
  • 1994 to 1998 UKDel NATO, Second, later First Secretary
  • 1992 to 1993 Attachment to École Nationale d’Administration, Paris
  • 1990 to 1992 FCO, Desk Officer Spain & Portugal, Southern European Department
  • 1990 Joined FCO

Director of Communication

The Director of Communication oversees the FCO’s media and digital operations, delivery of priority campaigns, internal communication and public diplomacy. The Director is Head of Profession, with responsibility for ensuring high quality communication across the FCO’s global network.

The Director has lead responsibility in the FCO for Chevening and Marshall scholarship schemes and for relationships with the British Council and Wilton Park, both arms-length bodies of the FCO, and with the BBC World Service.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Lebanon

    • 2015 to 2018


  1. Launch event of the Map of Risks and Resources