John Jenkins (diplomat)

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Sir John Jenkins

Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO (born 26 January 1955) is a British diplomat who has been ambassador to several countries.


John Jenkins was educated at St Philip's Grammar School, Birmingham, The Becket School, Nottinghamshire and Jesus College, Cambridge where he gained a BA and a doctorate (PhD) in 1980. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1980 and served in Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Kuwait before being appointed ambassador to Burma 1999–2002; Consul-General at Jerusalem 2003–06; ambassador to Syria 2006–07; Director, Middle East and North Africa at the FCO 2007–09; ambassador to Iraq 2009–11; UK Special Representative to the National Transitional Council of Libya May–October 2011, then briefly ambassador to Libya October–November 2011; and ambassador to Saudi Arabia from June 2012.[1]

Jenkins was appointed LVO in 1989,[2] CMG in the New Year Honours of 2003[3] and knighted KCMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2011.[4] He is a Serving Brother of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.[5]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Gordon
Ambassador at Rangoon
Succeeded by
Vicky Bowman
Preceded by
Geoffrey Adams
Consul-General at Jerusalem
Succeeded by
Richard Makepeace
Preceded by
Peter Ford
Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic
Succeeded by
Simon Collis
Preceded by
Christopher Prentice
Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq
Succeeded by
Michael Aron
Preceded by
Richard Northern
Ambassador to Libya
Succeeded by
Sir Dominic Asquith
Preceded by
Sir Tom Phillips
Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia