Jonathan Allen


Jonathan Allen took up his post as the British Ambassador to Bulgaria in February 2012. Before that, he was Head of the East Africa and Great Lakes Department of the FCO.

Prior to that Jonathan established and led RICU, a cross-Government Counter-Terrorism communications unit, and was Assistant Director in the Home Office’s International Directorate with responsibility for Bulgarian and Romanian entry into the EU.

He began his career on EU issues and has been posted to Cyprus and Brussels, where he was Government Spokesman during the UK Presidency in 2005.

Jonathan is married to Elizabeth Patricia, and has two children.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Bulgaria

    • 2012 to 2015


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  1. British Ambassador to Bulgaria on foreign policy in a less stable neighbourhood

    • 9 October 2014
    • Speech
  2. A Message of renewal and reform

    • 3 September 2013
    • Speech
  3. British Ambassador Jonathan Allen: “Should I be an Optimist or a Pessimist for Bulgaria?"

    • 11 April 2013
    • Speech