Human Resources Director

Jill Gallard


Jill Gallard has been Director of Human Resources at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since October 2014. She has served in Lisbon, Prague, Madrid, Brussels and a wide range of jobs in London, mainly working on the EU and wider Europe.

Before taking up the role of HR Director, Jill served as British Ambassador to Lisbon from 2011 to 2014. Before that she was Deputy Director of HR in the FCO and Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary. Jill speaks fluent French, Spanish and Portuguese, and operational Czech.

Human Resources Director

The Director is responsible for leading the HR function within the FCO and its global network of 12,800 staff. They are a member of the FCO Management Board and the Civil Service HR Executive. The Director co-chairs the cross-Whitehall International People Board.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Portugal

    • 2011 to 2014