Director General, Economic and Consular

Sir Julian King KCVO CMG


Julian King was appointed Director-General Economic & Consular at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in June 2014.


Previous to his current post, Julian was appointed Director General of the Northern Ireland Office in November 2011 to June 2014, Julian was Ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2011. He has served in a number of posts (Brussels, New York, Paris, Luxembourg, The Hague, Lisbon) as well as in London. From 2008 to 2009 he worked in the European Commission, on secondment, heading the Office of the British Commissioner. He was appointed CMG in 2006 and CVO in 2011, following the historic first state visit to Ireland by Her Majesty the Queen.

Director General, Economic and Consular

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Economic and Consular has the following areas of responsibility:

  • Europe
  • prosperity
  • Asia Pacific
  • consular services
  • migration

Previous roles in government

  1. Permanent Secretary for the Northern Ireland Office

    • 2011 to 2014