FCO director general named as new NATO permanent rep

Director general for defence and intelligence Sarah MacIntosh to take up posting next year


By Jim Dunton

07 Nov 2016

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has announced that Sarah MacIntosh is to become the United Kingdom’s new permanent representative to NATO.

MacIntosh, who is currently director general for defence and intelligence, will replace Sir Adam Thomson, who is due to retire.


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MacIntosh joined the FCO in 1991 and has served in her current role since 2014, prior to which she was  director for defence and international security.
She has previously served as high commissioner to Sierra Leone and ambassador to Liberia.

MacIntosh’s present role gives her responsibility for national and international security, information technology, as well as oversight of the UK’s overseas territories and the Americas.

She is due to take up her NATO role in early 2017.

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