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Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner in 2015
United Kingdom Ambassador to Austria
Assumed office
August 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySusan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque
Personal details
Born1958 (age 60–61)
Alma materCambridge University

Robert Leigh Turner CMG (born 1958) is a British diplomat who has been British Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna since August 2016.[1] As Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative he writes a regular blog published in English[2] and German.[3] He tweets as @leighturnerFCO[4] and is on Instagram as leighturnerfco.[5]

From September 2012 to July 2016 Leigh Turner was British Consul-General in Istanbul, a post which included responsibility for UK Trade and Investment work in Turkey, South Caucasus, Central Asia and Ukraine. From June 2008 to July 2012 he was British ambassador to Ukraine, resident in Kyiv. From 2006-2008 he was Director, Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory; and Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Born in 1958, he graduated from Downing College, Cambridge in 1979, joining the Civil Service as an administrative trainee the same year. After working in the Departments of Transport and Environment, and the Treasury, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983 and has had postings in Austria, Russia, Germany, Ukraine and Turkey before returning to Vienna.[6]

Whilst on unpaid leave, between 2002 and 2006, he wrote travel articles for the Financial Times, The Boston Globe and other newspapers. He continues to write novels and short stories in his spare time.

Turner was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to British interests in Ukraine and Turkey.[7]


  1. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna [1], accessed 15 March 2016|
  2. ^ English blog
  3. ^ German blog
  4. ^ Twitter
  5. ^ Instagram
  6. ^ TURNER, (Robert) Leigh’, Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 7 May 2008
  7. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 3.
Government offices
Preceded by
Tony Crombie
Director, Overseas Territories, FCO
Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory
Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory

July 2006 – April 2008
Succeeded by
Colin Roberts
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Timothy Barrow
British Ambassador to Ukraine
June 2008 – July 2012
Succeeded by
Simon Smith
Preceded by
Jessica Hand
HM Consul-General Istanbul and Director-General of Trade for Turkey, Central Asia and South Caucasus
September 2012 – 2016
Succeeded by
Judith Slater
Preceded by
Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque
HM Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna
August 2016 – onward
Succeeded by