Mariot Leslie

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Person.png Mariot Leslie   Companies House C-SPANRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, spook, “terror expert”)
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Born25 June 1954
Edinburgh, Scotland
Alma materGeorge Watson's Ladies College, Leeds Girls' High School, St Hilda's College (Oxford)
Member ofCentre for European Reform, Chatham House, Chatham House/Governors

Dame Alison Mariot Leslie known as Mariot Leslie,[1] is a former British diplomat whose last post was Permanent Representative to NATO. When she was replaced at NATO it was announced that she would retire from the Diplomatic Service.[2]

She was formerly director-general for defence and intelligence at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She began her career in 1977 in the FCO Middle East Department and also held positions in Singapore, Bonn, Paris, Rome and Oslo.

Diplomatic career

  • 1977-1978: Joined the British Diplomatic Service; spent a year in the Middle East Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London (FCO)
  • 1978-1981: British High Commission, Singapore
  • 1982-1986: British Embassy, Bonn, as First Secretary with responsibility for the European Communities
  • 1986-1987: Policy Planning Staff, FCO
  • 1988-1990: Personnel Operations Department, FCO
  • 1990-1992: Seconded to the French Foreign Ministry, Quai d'Orsay, Paris
  • 1992-1993: Head of Environment, Science and Energy Department, FCO
  • 1993-1995: Scottish Office Industry Department, Edinburgh
  • 1996-1998: Head of Policy Planning Staff, FCO
  • 1998-2001: Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Rome
  • 2002-2006: HM Ambassador, British Embassy, Oslo
  • 2006-2007: Director, Defence and Strategic Threats and Counter-Terrorism Envoy, FCO
  • 2007-2010: Director General Defence and Intelligence, FCO
  • 2010-2014: HM Ambassador and Permanent Representative Joint Delegation of the UK to NATO[3]


Event Participated in

2006 Counter Terror World Summit5 December 20066 December 2006London
Bunch of "counter-terrorists" who met in London 2006
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  1. Profile at NATO ( website, referring to "Mariot Leslie", not "Alison Mariot Leslie"
  2. Change of UK Permanent Representative to NATO, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 5 December 2013
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