Director General, EU Exit

Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby


Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby was appointed Director-General EU Exit in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2017.

Lindsay joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996. Prior to his current appointment, he was Director Europe from September 2015 to July 2017. He has served in the UK as Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (2010 to 2012) and Assistant Director for Recruitment and Development (2008 to 2010).

Lindsay also served as British Ambassador to Colombia (2013 to 2015), First Secretary on UK Permanent Representation to the EU (2002 to 2008) and Desk Officer in Afghanistan Emergency Unit (2001 to 2002). He has also worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Caracas (Venezuela) and Nigeria.

Director General, EU Exit

Board members give corporate leadership to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers.

The Director General, EU Exit, has responsibility for all FCO Brexit issues, including:

  • sanctions
  • consular
  • Overseas Territories
  • Gibraltar
  • Cyprus
  • Sovereign Base Areas
  • EU internal and EU bilateral work
  • the EU network
  • devolution

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Europe

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. British Ambassador to Colombia

    • 2013 to 2015