Principal Private Secretary

Jonathan Sinclair LVO


Jonathan Sinclair is the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. He was previously 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.


Full name: Jonathan William Rossiter Sinclair LVO
Married to: Helen Sinclair
Children: One son, two daughters
2013 National Policy Adviser, UK Trade and Investment
2011 – 2013 FCO, Head, Intelligence Policy Department
2009 – 2011 FCO, Deputy Head, HR-Recruitment and Promotion
2005 – 2009 Washington, Head of Political Team
2002 – 2004 FCO, Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary
2002 FCO, Head, European Communities Team
2000 – 2002 New Delhi, First Secretary (Political–Military)
1999 – 2000 New Delhi, Second Secretary (Political)
1996 – 1998 FCO, European Union Department (Internal)
1996 Joined FCO

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Principal Private Secretary

The Principal Private Secretary (PPS) has responsibility for managing the Secretary of State’s Private Office.

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to New Zealand

    • 2014 to 2018