The Lord Ricketts
|British Ambassador to France|
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Peter Westmacott|
|Succeeded by||Julian King|
|United Kingdom National Security Advisor|
12 May 2010 – 23 January 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Kim Darroch|
|Permanent Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office|
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Michael Jay|
|Succeeded by||Simon Fraser|
|Member of the House of Lords|
|Assumed office |
17 October 2016
Peter Forbes Ricketts
30 September 1952
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Bishop Vesey's Grammar School|
Pembroke College, Oxford
Ricketts served as chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) under Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was the UK government’s first national security adviser from 2010 from 2012, serving under Prime Minister David Cameron.
Ricketts began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1974 and served as the Assistant Private Secretary to former Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe. He later served as the Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels. Apart from Brussels, he has been posted to Singapore, Washington D.C. and Paris.
He served under Prime Minister Tony Blair as Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, leading him to give evidence to The Iraq Inquiry ("The Chilcot Report") in November 2009. From 2006 to 2010, Ricketts served under Blair and Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the Permanent Secretary for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
He served under Prime Minister David Cameron as the UK National Security Adviser from 2010 to 2012. He replaced Peter Westmacott as HM Ambassador to France effective January 2012, with Kim Darroch taking Ricketts's old role as National Security Adviser.
In 2016 he took appointments as Strategic Adviser to Lockheed Martin UK.
In October 2020 a cross-party group of MPs and peers, backed by Lord Ricketts, planned to take legal action against Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his government’s refusal to order an inquiry into Russian interference in UK elections. The move followed the publication in July 2020 of the Russia report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), which found that the government and its intelligence services had failed to investigate Kremlin meddling in the 2016 EU referendum vote. The high court claim named Prime Minister Johnson as defendant. 
He was appointed CMG in the 1999 Birthday Honours, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2003, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2011 New Year Honours, and Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 2014.
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