Matthew Rycroft


Matthew Rycroft CBE became the FCO’s Chief Operating Officer in March 2011, responsible for the running of the FCO as an organisation. He was previously Europe Director in the FCO.

Matthew joined the FCO in 1989, spending his first four years mainly in the British Embassy in Paris. Subsequent posts include:

  • Head of the political section of Eastern Adriatic Department in the FCO,1995 to 1996, part of the British delegation to the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • British Embassy in Washington, from 1998 to 2002, following American domestic politics
  • Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister, 2002 to 2004, covering all foreign, European, Northern Ireland and defence issues
  • British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2005 to 2008
  • Europe Director in the FCO from July 2008 to his current appointment

Previous roles in government

  1. Chief Operating Officer

    • 2011 to 2014