Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN, New York

Jonathan Allen

Biography

Jonathan Allen was the Director, National Security at the Foreign and 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.

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN, New York

The Ambassador’s role is to represent the UK within an international organisation, engaging with every other country or organisation that belongs to or observes the body. The Ambassador is also responsible for the direction and work of the Mission. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director General, Defence and Intelligence (Acting)

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. British Ambassador to Bulgaria

    • 2012 to 2015

Announcements

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  1. "Civilization, education, and our shared cultural heritage will prevail over destruction, barbarism, and the division of terrorists"

    • Speech
  2. "Let us stand together as an international community in our commitment to eliminate the abhorrent crime of modern slavery and human trafficking"

    • Speech
  3. "We must speak with one voice to condemn the use of chemical weapons"

    • Speech
  4. "The men and women of UN policing put their lives on the line to protect the most vulnerable as their communities emerge from conflict"

    • Speech
  5. British Ambassador to Bulgaria on foreign policy in a less stable neighbourhood

    • Speech
  6. A Message of renewal and reform

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

    • Speech