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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Directors

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 37609, tabled on 21 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which of his Department's non executive directors were appointed through open competition.

Answered on

8 September 2021

All Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Non-Executive Directors were recruited according to the guidance set out in the corporate governance code for central government departments. Baroness Helena Morrissey was directly appointed on 27 July 2020 as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Lead Non-Executive Director. She transferred to the FCDO as Lead Non-Executive Director on 2 September 2020. John Coffey, Beverley Tew and Ann Cormack were appointed Non-Executive Directors to the FCDO through open competition.

The FCDO announces the appointments (including reappointment dates) of Non-Executive Directors, as well as their experience, in the Annual Report and Accounts; the FCDO Annual Reports and Accounts 2020-2021 is due to be published shortly. The biographies for all four FCDO Non-Executive Directors are available on