British Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo

Dr John Murton


Dr John Murton has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and non-resident Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo in succession to Mr Graham Zebedee.

John Murton was Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Nairobi and also served as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Kenya from April 2013 to August 2017.

Previously the UK’s High Commissioner to Mauritius and Ambassador to Madagascar, John has considerable professional experience in East and Southern Africa, having worked in Zimbabwe and researched his PhD in Kenya, as well as having conducted research in Turkana.

John has previously served in Japan, at NATO Headquarters and at the UK’s Foreign Ministry in London. His most recent role prior to Nairobi was as Head of the Foreign Ministry department dealing with the UK’s relations with East and South East Asia and Australasia.

British Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo

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. Deputy High Commissioner

    • 2013 to 2017


  1. DRC: The Ambassador's speech at the 2018 Queen's Birthday Party in Kinshasa