|United Kingdom Ambassador to Austria|
|Assumed office |
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque|
|Born||1958 (age 60–61)|
|Alma mater||Cambridge 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. As Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative he writes a regular blog published in English and German. He tweets as @leighturnerFCO and is on Instagram as leighturnerfco.
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.
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.
| Director, Overseas Territories, FCO
Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory
Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory
July 2006 – April 2008
| British Ambassador to Ukraine
June 2008 – July 2012
| HM Consul-General Istanbul and Director-General of Trade for Turkey, Central Asia and South Caucasus
September 2012 – 2016
Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque
| HM Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna
August 2016 – onward