Director General, Political

Richard Moore CMG


Richard Moore was appointed Director General for Political Affairs at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in April 2018.

Richard served as British Ambassador to Turkey from January 2014 to December 2017. Previously he was Director for Europe, Latin America and Globalisation (2010 to 2012) and Director for Programmes and Change (2008 to 2010). He has had postings in Vietnam, Turkey (1990 to 1992), Pakistan and Malaysia.

Richard Moore was born in Libya. He has a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University and, on leaving Oxford, won a Kennedy Scholarship for post-graduate study at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2007, he attended the Stanford Executive Programme.

Married to Maggie, with 2 children, Richard’s interests include golf, hiking, scuba-diving, Turkish carpets and porcelain, and visiting historical sites.

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Director General, Political

Board members give corporate leadership to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Political focuses on the UK’s key foreign policy objectives and has the following areas of responsibility and regions:

  • the Government’s foreign policy priorities, international crises and conflict, maintenance of international peace and security
  • European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)
  • the UK relationship with the United States
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • South Asia and Afghanistan
  • Western Balkans
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • United Nations, including the UN Security Council, and other multilateral fora

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Turkey