Laurie Bristow

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Sir Laurie Bristow

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United Kingdom Ambassador to Russia
Assumed office
1 January 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime Minister
Preceded bySir Tim Barrow
Personal details
Born (1963-11-23) 23 November 1963 (age 55)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Sir Laurence Stanley Charles Bristow KCMG (born 23 November 1963) is a British diplomat.[1]

Bristow was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained a BA in 1986. He achieved a PhD, awarded by University of Cambridge in 1990, with his thesis called "Ezra Pound: Poetry and Public Speaking".[1] He achieved an MBA, in 2001, awarded by The Open University[2].

Bristow joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990. In 1992, after attending a year of Romanian language training, he was posted to Bucharest, Romania where he worked for three years as Second Secretary. He then returned to the FCO in London where he worked in the European Union Department. From 1996–1998, he served as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Europe. After a year of Turkish language training, he worked in Ankara, Turkey as Head of the Political Section from 1999–2002. From 2002–2003 he worked in Rome at the NATO Defence College. In 2003 Bristow worked on the Iraq Policy Unit, FCO.[1]

Bristow become the British Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2004 until 2007.[3] He was Minister (Deputy Head of Mission) in Moscow for 2007–10.[4] He then returned to London as Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, from 2010 until 2012.[5] He subsequently replaced Thomas Drew as Director, Intelligence and National Security.[1][6][7] In 2015, he was succeeded by Jonathan Allen[8] and appointed to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation.[9][10]

Bristow was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) "for services to British foreign policy interests and national security" in the 2015 New Year Honours.[11]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Andy Tucker
British Ambassador to Azerbaijan
Succeeded by
Carolyn Browne
Preceded by
Sian MacLeod
Minister (Deputy Head of Mission)
British Embassy in Moscow

Succeeded by
Denis Keefe
Preceded by
Tim Hitchens
as Director, European Political Affairs
Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Succeeded by
Colin Roberts
Preceded by
Thomas Drew
Director, Intelligence and National Security,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Succeeded by
Jonathan Allen
Preceded by
Sir Tim Barrow
British Ambassador to Russia


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  4. ^ Mackie, Colin (2015). "British Diplomats Directory" (PDF). p. 798. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  5. ^ Mackie, Colin (2015). "British Diplomats Directory" (PDF). p. 912. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  6. ^ "Informal Meetings held by the Foreign Affairs Committee in Session 2014-15" (PDF). Proceedings of the Foreign Affairs Committee. UK Parliament. 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  7. ^ Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2013-12-09). "Senior staff and salary data: March 2013". Her Majesty's Government. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  8. ^ Mackie, Colin (2015). "British Diplomats Directory" (PDF). p. 914. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
  9. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Russia". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 18 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Dr Laurie Bristow CMG Biography". Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  11. ^ "No. 61092". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2014. p. N3.