Jonathan Allen was appointed UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in August 2017. He was the Director, National Security at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 2015 until 2017.
Jonathan joined the FCO in 1997 and began his career in Europe Directorate working on EU issues. He was subsequently posted to Cyprus and Brussels, where he was government spokesman during the UK Presidency in 2005.
In 2006, Jonathan was seconded to the Home Office as Assistant Director in the Home Office’s International Directorate. In 2007 he moved to the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism (OSCT), where he established and led the Research Information and Communications Unit (RICU), a cross-departmental strategic communications body.
Jonathan returned to the FCO as Deputy Africa Director before becoming Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2012 to 2015. On return from Bulgaria Jonathan took up the post of Director, National Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Jonathan covered the position of Acting Director General, Defence and Intelligence from November 2016 to April 2017.
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Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN, New York
The Deputy Permanent Representative is a senior diplomat and typically an important advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.
Previous roles in government
Director General, Defence and Intelligence (Acting)
- 2016 to 2017
British Ambassador to Bulgaria
- 2012 to 2015
- Cooperation and lasting peace in Colombia
- Considering new and emerging threats to international peace
- Peace Agreement in South Sudan is the first step on a long journey
- Advancing Peace and Stability in Somalia
- Addressing Peacebuilding Efforts in Burundi
- Reviewing the Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy
- A moment of opportunity for Afghanistan
- Protecting civilians in the Central African Republic
- Encouraging an integrated approach to address the causes of instability in Mali and the Sahel
- Supporting UNOCA's efforts to ensure peace in Central Africa