Human Resources Director

Jonathan Sinclair LVO


Jonathan Sinclair became the Director of Human Resources at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in October 2018. He was previously the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. Before that he was the British High Commissioner to New Zealand from August 2014 until January 2018.

Jonathan joined the UK Foreign Office in 1996 after completing a Masters in International Relations and short stints in media and tourism. He has previously served in India and the USA and, in London, has done a wide range of roles where foreign and domestic policies and politics intersect, including on Europe, national security, and trade and investment. Jonathan is married to Helen and they have 1 son and 2 daughters.

2013 National Policy Adviser, UK Trade and Investment
2011 to 2013 Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Head, Intelligence Policy Department
2009 to 2011 FCO, Deputy Head, HR-Recruitment and Promotion
2005 to 2009 Washington, Head of Political Team
2002 to 2004 FCO, Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary
2002 FCO, Head, European Communities Team
2000 to 2002 New Delhi, First Secretary (Political–Military)
1999 to 2000 New Delhi, Second Secretary (Political)
1996 to 1998 FCO, European Union Department (Internal)

Human Resources Director

The Director is responsible for leading the HR function within the FCO and its global network of 12,800 staff. They are a member of the FCO Management Board and the Civil Service HR Executive. The Director co-chairs the cross-Whitehall International People Board.

Previous roles in government

  1. Principal Private Secretary

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. British High Commissioner to New Zealand

    • 2014 to 2018