Peter Ricketts

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The Lord Ricketts

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Her Majesty's Ambassador to France
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byPeter Westmacott
Succeeded byJulian King
United Kingdom National Security Advisor
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byNew position
Succeeded byKim Darroch
Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded byMichael Jay
Succeeded bySimon Fraser
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
17 October 2016
Life Peerage
Personal details
Peter Forbes Ricketts

(1952-09-30) 30 September 1952 (age 66)
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Spouse(s)Suzanne Ricketts
Alma materBishop Vesey's Grammar School
Pembroke College, Oxford

Peter Forbes Ricketts, Baron Ricketts, GCMG, GCVO (born 30 September 1952)[1] is a retired British senior diplomat and a life peer. He sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.

Personal life[edit]

Ricketts attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, and Pembroke College, Oxford where he read English Literature. He married Suzanne Horlington; they have two adult children.[2]


Ricketts replaced Peter Westmacott as HM Ambassador to France effective January 2012, with Kim Darroch taking Ricketts's old role as National Security Adviser.[3]

In December 2015 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that he was to retire from the Diplomatic Service in January 2016.[4]

Prior to his appointment as National Security Adviser, Ricketts had been the Permanent Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Before he took over that position in July 2006, he served as the Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels. He was also previously the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, leading him to give evidence to The Iraq Inquiry in November 2009.[5] He began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1974 and served as the Assistant Private Secretary to former Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe. Apart from Brussels, he has been posted to Singapore, Washington D.C. and Paris. Ricketts retired from HM Diplomatic Service in January 2016.[citation needed]


In 2016 he took appointments as Strategic Adviser to Lockheed Martin UK and Non Executive Director of Engie.[6]


He was appointed CMG in the 1999 Birthday Honours, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2003,[7] Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2011 New Year Honours,[8] and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 2014.[9]

He was nominated for a life peerage in the 2016 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours and was created Baron Ricketts, of Shortlands in the County of Kent, on 17 October.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foreign Policy in an Era of Globalisation. Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations. Thursday 15 2009.
  2. ^ Who's Who 2001. A&C Black, London. p. 1751. ISBN 0-7136-5432-5. Accessed 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Senior Diplomatic Appointments". Number 10. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to France". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 18 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Iraq inquiry told of 'clear' threat from Saddam Hussein". BBC News. BBC. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "No. 57100". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 October 2003. p. 10.
  8. ^ "No. 59647". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2010. p. 3.
  9. ^ "No. 60916". The London Gazette. 27 June 2014. p. 12742.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "No. 61738". The London Gazette. 21 October 2016. p. 22392.
Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Pakenham
Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee
Succeeded by
John Scarlett
Preceded by
Emyr Jones Parry
Director-General, Political of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Succeeded by
John Sawers
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Emyr Jones Parry
Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council (NATO)
Succeeded by
Stewart Eldon
Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Jay
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser
Preceded by
New position
Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser
Succeeded by
Kim Darroch
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Westmacott
British Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Julian King
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Macpherson of Earl's Court
Baron Ricketts
Followed by
The Lord Llewellyn of Steep