Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ireland September 2020

Mr Paul Johnston has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ireland in succession to Mr Robin Barnett CMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Johnston will take up his appointment during September 2020.


Full name: Paul Charles Johnston

Married to: Nicola Carol Johnston

2017 to 2020Brussels, UK Ambassador to the EU for Political and Security Affairs, UK Permanent Representation to the EU
2015 to 2017Brussels, Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Permanent Representation to NATO
2011 to 2015Stockholm, Her Majesty’s Ambassador and Director Nordic-Baltic Network
2008 to 2010FCO, Director, International Security
2005 to 2008New York, Political Counsellor, UK Mission to the United Nations
2002 to 2004FCO, Head, Security Policy Department
1999 to 2002FCO, Various roles including Head of Kosovo Policy Team; Head of European Defence Section; and Deputy Head of Department for EU External Policy
1995 to 1999Paris, Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Ambassador and subsequently Second Secretary covering, inter alia, the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia
1993 to 1995FCO, Desk Officer for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Adriatic Department
1990 to 1993Ministry of Defence, roles including on International Procurement Policy, Resources and Programmes (Navy) and as Private Secretary to the 2nd Permanent Under Secretary
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