Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development
Join us to hear from Matthew who will be discussing DFID’s priorities as we embark on the next Spending Review, and the challenges and opportunities facing the Department in the context of Brexit and Global Britain. He is also happy to answer questions about his previous roles including as UK Ambassador to the UN.
About the speaker:
Matthew Rycroft CBE has been the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development since 22 January 2018.
Matthew was previously the British Permanent Representative to the United Nations from April 2015 to January 2018.
From March 2011, Matthew was the FCO’s Chief Operating Officer. In that role he oversaw the running of the FCO and its network of 270 posts around the world, including all the Human Resources, Finance, Estates, Security, Information Technology, Protocol, Procurement and Corporate Services. He deputised for the Permanent Under Secretary in his absence.
Matthew was born on 16 June 1968, and brought up in Southampton and Cambridge. He has a degree in maths and philosophy from Merton College, Oxford.
Matthew joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. After a few months at the UN in Geneva and then on the NATO desk in London, he spent four years in the British Embassy in Paris.
In 1995-96 Matthew was head of the political section of Eastern Adriatic Department in the FCO. In this role he was a member of the British delegation to the Dayton peace talks on Bosnia.
After two years in the FCO’s Policy Planning Staff covering European and trans-Atlantic issues and brief secondments to the US State Department and US Congress, Matthew joined the British Embassy in Washington, following US domestic politics from 1998 to 2002.
From 2002 to 2004, Matthew was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, covering all foreign, European, Northern Ireland and defence issues in No10. He received a CBE for this work.
He was British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2005 and the FCO Europe Director from 2008.