| Julian King |
|Born||22 August 1964|
|Alma mater||St Peter's College (Oxford), École nationale d'administration|
British diplomat and civil servant who served as European Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016 to 2019.
Sir Julian Beresford King is a British diplomat and civil servant who served as European Commissioner for the Security Union from 2016 to 2019, having previously served as the British ambassador to Ireland (2009–2012) and France (2016).
King attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, one of the oldest schools in Britain, in Sutton Coldfield. He gained a BA in Philosophy and Theology from St Peter's College, Oxford. He also studied at the École nationale d'administration in Paris where he met his future wife. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1985.
After the resignation of Jonathan Hill as the British European Commissioner and European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, Prime Minister David Cameron nominated King to replace him. On 2 August 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his intention to allocate the new portfolio of Security Union to King. King would work under the supervision of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans. The European Parliament confirmed his appointment on 15 September 2016, and the Council of the European Union did so on 19 September 2016. With the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020, he was the last British official to hold a position and portfolio within the European Commission.
- 1985–1987 Foreign office in London
- 1987–1988 École nationale d'administration
- 1989–1990 Private Secretary to the British Ambassador (Sir Ewen Fergusson) in Paris
- 1991–1992 worked on European common foreign and security policy (CFSP) in Luxembourg, the Hague, Lisbon then London
- 1993–1995 London, working on European defence and NATO issues
- 1998–2002 Brussels, working on relations with Turkey, European defence, CFSP and EU enlargement
- 2003–2004 Counsellor and Head of Chancery at UK mission to the United Nations in New York City (covering UN Security Council business in the period after the Iraq War)
- 2004–2007 UK Permanent Representative to the EU Political and Security Committee in Brussels, covering common foreign and security policy (CFSP).
- 2005 Chaired the EU Political and Security Committee during the UK presidency
- 2008–2009 Head of the office of the British Commissioner in Brussels (Peter Mandelson then Baroness Ashton). Represented the EU27 on international trade matters, including negotiations on the WTO Doha Round.
- 2009–2011 British Ambassador to Ireland. Organised the State Visit to Ireland by Queen Elizabeth in May 2011.
- 2011–2014 Director-General of the Northern Ireland Office
- 2014–2015 Director-General Economic & Consular Affairs, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- 2016-2016 British Ambassador to France
- 2016–2019 European Commissioner for the Security Union