Lord Peter Ricketts was a British diplomat for 40 years. He spent much of his career dealing with international security issues and crisis management. He was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee in 2000, Political Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the time of the Iraq war from 2001-3, and served as UK Permanent Representative to NATO from 2003-6. After four years as Permanent Under Secretary at the FCO 2006-10, he was appointed Britain’s first National Security Adviser by Prime Minister Cameron in 2010 and set up the National Security Council to coordinate foreign and defence policy. He was British Ambassador to France from 2012 to 2016.
After retirement from the public service, he was appointed a ‘cross-bench’ (non-political) member of the House of Lords, where he continues to be active on international affairs. He sits on the Lords Justice and Security Committee and was previously a member of the European Committee during the negotiation of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement. He is a Non-Executive Board member of Groupe Engie, and of Getlink/Eurotunnel, and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Royal United Services Institute in London, and a visiting professor at King’s College London. The paperback edition of his book, Hard Choices: The Making and Unmaking of Global Britain was published earlier in 2022.