Kim Darroch

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Sir Kim Darroch
United Kingdom National Security Advisor
Assumed office
23 January 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sir Peter Ricketts
Her Britannic Majesty's Permanent Representative to the European Union
In office
July 2007 – 23 January 2012
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
David Cameron
Preceded by Sir John Grant
Succeeded by Sir Jon Cunliffe
Personal details
Born (1954-04-30) 30 April 1954 (age 61)
Profession Diplomat

Sir Nigel Kim Darroch, KCMG (b. 30 April 1954) is a senior British diplomat. Effective January 2012, he is the government's National Security Advisor.[1]

On 24 June 2011, Number 10 announced that Darroch would replace Sir Peter Ricketts as National Security Advisor in January 2012, with Sir Jon Cunliffe selected as Darroch's replacement as Permanent Representative to the European Union. On 7 July 2015, Number 10 announced that Sir Kim would be replaced by Sir Mark Lyall Grant in September 2015, with Darroch moving to a different diplomatic post.[2]

Educated at Abingdon School and Durham University, Darroch joined the diplomatic service in September 1980,[3] and has served in a number of posts including Director-General, Europe (head of Europe policy), and as Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat served as the Prime Minister's principal advisor on European affairs. He was appointed a Companion of Order of St. Michael & St. George (CMG) in the New Year Honours 1997,[4] and as a Knight Commander (KCMG) in the Birthday Honours 2008.[5]

Offices held[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Director-General, Europe of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Succeeded by
Nicola Brewer
Preceded by
Sir Stephen Wall
Head of the
Cabinet Office European Secretariat

Succeeded by
Jon Cunliffe
Preceded by
Sir Peter Ricketts
National Security Advisor
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Lyall-Grant
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir John Grant
UK Permanent Representative to the European Union
Succeeded by
Sir Jon Cunliffe


  1. ^ "Senior Diplomatic Appointments". Number 10. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "National Security Adviser appointment: Sir Mark Lyall-Grant - Press releases - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2015-07-08. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48673. p. 2. 1981-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 54993. p. 3. 1997-12-30. Retrieved 2009-08-16.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 2. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-08-16.

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