Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Leigh Turner CMG

Biography

Mr Leigh Turner CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna.

Leigh´s previous role was HM Consul General Istanbul and Director General for Trade and Investment Turkey, Central Asia and South Caucasus from 2012-2016.

From 2008-2012, Leigh was HM Ambassador in Kyiv, Ukraine. 2006-2008 he was Director of Overseas Territories in London, responsible for territories including St Helena, the Falklands and Bermuda. Previous postings have included Berlin, Moscow and Vienna.

Leigh grew up in Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland before going to Manchester Grammar School and Cambridge University. He is a passionate walker and writer and occasional travel journalist and linguist. He has one son and one daughter.

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Consul General, Istanbul

    • 2012 to 2016