Director, Middle East and North Africa

Neil Crompton



Neil Crompton has been Director, Middle East and North Africa Department at the FCO since March 2015.


Year Role
Apr 2014 – Feb 2015 Deputy Political Director and Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, London
Jan 2012 – April 2014 Director for South Asia and Afghanistan, London
  Deputy Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Jun 2007 – Dec 2011 Counsellor, Foreign and Security Policy Group, Washington
May 2005 – Jun 2007 Iran Coordinator, London
May 2003 – May 2005 Deputy Director, Iraq
  Head, Iraq Policy Unit, London
May 1999 – May 2003 DHM Tehran, including one year as Chargé (Dec 01-Dec 02)
May 1997 – May 1999 Head, Iran Section, London
May 1995 – May 1997 Senior Research Officer, London
Pre-1995 Her Majesty’s Forces

Director, Middle East and North Africa

The Director is responsible for policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, Iran through to Morocco. The job involves leading policy development and implementation in the FCO and London and the network of British Embassies and posts across the region, and chairmanship of the cross-Whitehall Middle East Regional board, which allocates CSSF and other funding across the region.