Chief Operating Officer

Peter Jones

Biography

Peter Jones has been Chief Operating Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since May 2017.

Peter joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1985 and has served in Vienna, Bonn, Rome and Accra, and in a range of policy and other roles in London.

Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Peter was Director for Defence and International Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 2014 to 2017. Before that, he served as British High Commissioner to Ghana and non-resident Ambassador to Togo and Burkina Faso 2011 to 2014. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director for Migration at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Chief Operating Officer

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Chief Operating Officer is responsible for the running of the FCO as an organisation and has the following areas of responsibility:

  • human resources
  • finance
  • estates
  • security
  • IT
  • corporate services
  • protocol

Previous roles in government

  1. Director for Defence and International Security

    • 2014 to 2017
  2. British High Commissioner to Ghana

    • 2011 to 2014