Jonathan Sinclair LVO


Jonathan Sinclair was the Director of Human Resources at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, later the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, from October 2018 to February 2021. 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)

Previous roles in government

  • Human Resources Director
  • Principal Private Secretary
  • British High Commissioner to New Zealand