Jonathan Allen took up his post as Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in August 2017.
He joined the FCO in 1997 and began his career in Europe Directorate working on EU issues. He was subsequently posted to Cyprus and Brussels, where he was Government Spokesman during the UK Presidency in 2005.
In 2006, Jonathan was seconded to the Home Office as Assistant Director in the Home Office's International Directorate. In 2007 he moved to the Office for Security and Counter-terrorism (OSCT), where he established and led the Research Information and Communications Unit (RICU), a cross-departmental strategic communications body.
He returned to the FCO as Deputy Africa Director before becoming Her Majesty's Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2012-15. In February 2015 he became the Director for National Security at the FCO, and held that position until he moved to New York.
Jonathan is married to Elizabeth, and has two children.