John Kittmer

FCO, Director of Overseas Territories

John Kittmer was appointed Director of Overseas Territories at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in December 2016. In that role, he holds office as Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory and Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

The Director is responsible for UK policy towards its overseas territories, with a particular focus on good governance and the rule of law, economic sustainability and international relations. John has a broad range of experience across government having worked previously in the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Cabinet Office, the Department for Education & Employment (DfEE), as well as the Foreign Office (FCO). His most recent postings are:

  • Dec 2016 - present: FCO, Director of Overseas Territories

  • Jan 2013 - Dec 2016: FCO, Ambassador to Greece

  • Jan 2011 – August 2012: DEFRA, Deputy Director, Inland Waterways & EU Strategy Support

  • Sept 2008 – Sept 2010: DEFRA, Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State