Minister Counsellor Prosperity

Jonathan Brenton


Jonathan Brenton holds the post of Minister Counsellor (Prosperity) at the British Embassy in Moscow.


  • May 2015 – Minister Counsellor, Prosperity, British Embassy in Moscow

  • 2014 – 2015 – FCO Communications Directorate (including public campaigns)

  • 2010 – 2014 – British Ambassador to Belgium

  • 2008 – 2010– Management Counsellor, British Embassy in Brussels

  • 2006 – 2008 – FCO Africa Directorate (working on West and East Africa)

  • 2006 – 2006 - Press-attaché, Berlin (including the World Cup 2006)

  • 2000 – 2002 – FCO Europe Directorate (working on European Union issues, including enlargement to the Balkans)

  • 1996 – 2000 – Commercial & Economic section, British Embassy in Moscow

• 1994 – Jonathan joins FCO

Personal information:

Jonathan Brenton was born in Uganda in 1965. He studied English literature at Bristol, Boston and Cambridge Universities, where he completed a PhD. Jonathan is married, his wife Sayana was born in Tuva in Siberia. They met and married in Moscow and have three children. The family speak Russian as well as English at home.

Minister Counsellor Prosperity

Responsibilities of Minister Counsellor include encouraging trade and investment between Russia and the UK, and fostering co-operation in the areas of science and innovation, and on measures to combat climate change and encourage energy efficiency.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Belgium

    • 2010 to 2014


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