Speaker: Alan Charlton

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara


Alan Charlton, CMG
Deputy Head of Mission
British General-Consul

Washington, D.C.


Thursday, April 19
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Bren Hall Room 1424

"Climate Change: The British Response"

Hosted by Dean Ernst von Weizsäcker



Alan has been in Washington since May 2004. His role is to ensure achievement of the Embassy’s objectives in each financial year through co-ordination of the work of the different Departments, Consulates General and Consulates. He leads on specific projects. He deputises as Head of Mission when the Ambassador is out of Washington.

Germany has been the main thread of his working life. As a 19-year-old, he worked for six months in a bank in Munich. After qualifying as a teacher in Britain, he worked for two years in a German comprehensive school in Gelsenkirchen. In the British Diplomatic Service, he spent four years in West Berlin from 1986-1990 – before, during and after the fall of the Wall – when it felt that history was being made every day. He was posted to the British Embassy in Bonn in 1996 and moved, as Deputy Head of Mission, to Berlin when the German Government and Parliament moved there in summer 1999. The culmination of that posting was taking possession of his office in the new British Embassy building near the Brandenburg Gate.

A second important strand in his Diplomatic Service career has been the Balkans. He was head of the relevant department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1993 to 1995 and then became the British member of the Bosnia Contact Group, which included participating in the peace conference at Dayton, Ohio in November 1995. In 2001 he was Director South East Europe in the FCO, working with the international community to bring stability to that troubled region. 

The third main element has been the Middle East. He has been Israel desk officer; has served in Jordan; learned Arabic and worked in London on the Iraq war in 1991.

Alan was educated at Cambridge, Leicester and Manchester Universities, taking degrees in modern languages and linguistics and also a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He was appointed Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1996.


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