Mr Michael Gifford joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1981 and has had a variety of postings in Europe and the Middle East. Before taking up his job as Ambassador in Pyongyang in October 2012 he was responsible for strategic property asset management of the FCO’s global estate. He served as British Ambassador to Yemen from 2004 to 2007; before that he was Deputy Head of Mission in Cairo. He has also served in Riyadh, Brussels, Oslo and Abu Dhabi. He is accompanied in the DPRK by his wife Patricia. They have one son and one daughter.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
- 2012 to 2015