Director of Communication

Simon Wren CBE


Simon is the interim Director of Communication at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and was previously Director of Communications and Head of News in both the UK Home Office and the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD). Simon has extensive crisis media handling experience having been deployed in support of the initial phases of operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Simon previously worked as a policy official in the UK MOD focussed on international relations and long-term strategic planning.

Simon is an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and enjoys attending extremely loud heavy metal concerts. He is married to Sheila. They have no children, but have three small terriers.

Director of Communication

The Director of Communication oversees the FCO’s media and digital operations, delivery of priority campaigns, internal communication and public diplomacy. The Director is Head of Profession, with responsibility for ensuring high quality communication across the FCO’s global network.

The Director has lead responsibility in the FCO for Chevening and Marshall scholarship schemes and for relationships with the British Council and Wilton Park, both arms-length bodies of the FCO, and with the BBC World Service.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director, Communications

    • 2012 to 2017