Boris Johnson drafts in former FCO Europe director as special adviser

Career diplomat David Frost returning to Whitehall to become foreign secretary's Spad

By Civil Service World

25 Oct 2016

David Frost, the UK’s former ambassador to Denmark and a long-serving Foreign Office diplomat, is returning to Whitehall to become Boris Johnson’s special adviser.

Frost is currently the chief executive of trade body the Scotch Whisky Association but the SWA on Tuesday announced that he would be leaving on November 4 to rejoin the FCO as an adviser to the foreign secretary.

A career diplomat before his time at the trade body, Frost's FCO CV includes a range of high-profile European Union-facing jobs. 

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He joined the department in 1987, and was posted to New York, Brussels, Nicosia and Paris before becoming the FCO’s European Union director in 2003.

He was appointed as Britain’s Ambassador to Denmark in 2006, and then returned to the UK in 2008 as the FCO’s director for strategy and policy planning. 

Frost's final Whitehall job before joining the SWA in 2014 was a spell on loan to the Department for Business, serving as its Europe, Trade and International director.


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