Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Republic of Korea

Mr Colin James Crooks LVO has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea in succession to Mr Simon Smith CMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Crooks will take up his appointment during early 2022.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Colin James Crooks

Married to: Young-kee Crooks

Children: Two

2018 to presentPyongyang, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2015 to 2018Beijing, Minister Counsellor
2011 to 2015EU Delegation Jakarta, Deputy Head of Mission, later Chargé d’Affaires (on loan to European External Action Service)
2009 to 2011FCO, Deputy Head, South East Asia and Pacific Department
2008FCO, Senior Policy Adviser on North Korea
2008Pyongyang, Chargé d’Affaires
2008On loan to Cabinet Office
2006 to 2008FCO, Deputy Programme Director, Corporate Services
2002 to 2006Washington, First Secretary
2000 to 2002FCO, Principal Speechwriter to the Foreign Secretary
1999 to 2000FCO, Head of Section, European Union Directorate
1998 to 1999Seoul, First Secretary
1995 to 1998Seoul, Second Secretary
1993 to 1995Language Training (Korean)
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