Director for Consular Affairs

Julia Longbottom


Julia Longbottom took up the post of Director for Consular Affairs in the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London in August 2016.

Julia joined the Diplomatic Service in 1986. Most recently, she served as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Tokyo until summer 2016, which was her second posting to Japan. Her other Asia-focused roles have been Head of China/Far Eastern Department (2009 to 2012) and Head of Section for Nationality and Immigration in the Hong Kong Department at the time of the handover to China (1994 to 1997). Her other overseas postings were to Poland as Consul General and Director of Trade and Investment in Warsaw (2002 to 2006), and to The Hague (1998 to 2002). She was Strategy Director for UK Trade & Investment in London from 2006 to 2009.

Director for Consular Affairs

The Director for Consular Affairs is responsible for leading the delivery of the UK’s consular services globally, including provision of assistance to British Nationals in difficulty overseas as well as preparation and response to overseas crises. They oversee a Directorate of around 150 staff in London and a network of just under 600 staff in some 160 countries and territories around the world.

Helping British people overseas: Consular services 2016-2020

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Tokyo

    • 2012 to 2016