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UK Appoints New Ambassador to Austria and the United Nations in Vienna

Published: February 18, 2016; 18:30 · (FriedlNews)

Mr. Leigh Turner CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna. Mr. Turner currently serves as British Consul-General in Istanbul. After joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1984 to 1987 he already has had a posting in Austria before Turkey. The new ambassador to the Republic of Austria will take up his post in August 2016.

Leigh Turner CMG, the new UK ambassador to Austria / Picture: © Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Mr. Robert Leigh Turner CMG (born 1958) has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna in succession to Mrs Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr Turner will take up his appointment during August 2016.

Leigh Turner is a British diplomat who has been HM Consul-General Istanbul and Director-General of Trade for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus from September 2012.

From June 2008 to July 2012 Leigh Turner 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 Cambridge University 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 and Ukraine before Turkey.

Mr. 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.

Curriculum Vitae

2012 – present Istanbul, Her Majesty’s Consul General and Director General UK Trade & Investment, Turkey, South Caucasus & Central Asia
2008 – 2012 Kyiv, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2006 – 2008 FCO, Director, Overseas Territories
2002 – 2006 Special Unpaid leave
1998 – 2002 Bonn (later Berlin), Counsellor, EU/Economic
1995 – 1998 FCO, Deputy Head, Hong Kong Department
1992 – 1995 Moscow, First Secretary, Economic
1991 Language training (Russian)
1989 – 1991 FCO, Desk Officer, Security Co-ordination Department
1987 – 1989 FCO, Desk Officer, Europe Directorate
1984 – 1987 Vienna, Second Secretary
1983 Joined FCO
1979 – 83 HM Treasury, Departments of the Environment & Transport