Dame Mariot Leslie joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1977. Her overseas postings have included Singapore (1978-81), Bonn (1982-86) and Rome (1998-2001), as well as two years spent on secondment to the French Foreign Ministry in Paris (1990-92). From 2002-06 she was the British Ambassador to Norway.
Her jobs in the UK have included heading up the FCO’s Environment, Science and Energy Department from 1992-93, and leading the Policy Planning Staff from 1996-98. On her return from Norway she became the Foreign Secretary’s Counter-Terrorism Envoy and Director, Defence and Strategic Threats, before going on to become Director General, Defence and Intelligence at the FCO in 2007, and a member of the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee.
Dame Mariot became the UK’s Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council in April 2010.
UK Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council
The Ambassador’s role is to represent the UK within an international organisation, engaging with every other country or organisation that belongs to or observes the body. The Ambassador is also responsible for the direction and work of the Mission. Ambassadors to multilateral missions are often referred to as ‘Permanent Representatives’.