Mariot Leslie joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1977. Her overseas postings have included Singapore (1978-81), Bonn (1982-86) and Rome (1998-2001), as well as two years spent on secondment to the French Foreign Ministry in Paris (1990-92). From 2002-06 she was British Ambassador to Norway.
Her jobs in the UK have included heading the FCO’s Environment, Science and Energy Department from 1992-93, and leading the Policy Planning Staff from 1996-98. On her return from Norway she became the Foreign Secretary’s Counter-Terrorism Envoy and Director, Defence and Strategic Threats, going on to become Director General, Defence and Intelligence at the FCO in 2007, and a member of the UK's Joint Intelligence Committee.
Mariot Leslie became the UK's Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council in April 2010.
- 1977-78 Joined the British Diplomatic Service; spent a year in the Middle East Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London (FCO)
- 1978-81 British High Commission, Singapore
- 1982-86 British Embassy, Bonn, as First Secretary with responsibility for the European Communities
- 1986-87 Policy Planning Staff, FCO
- 1988-90 Personnel Operations Department, FCO
- 1990-92 Seconded to the French Foreign Ministry, Quai d’Orsay, Paris
- 1992-93 Head of Environment, Science and Energy Department, FCO
- 1993-95 Scottish Office Industry Department, Edinburgh
- 1996-98 Head of Policy Planning Staff, FCO
- 1998-2001 Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Rome
- 2002-06 HM Ambassador, British Embassy, Oslo
- 2006-07 Director, Defence and Strategic Threats and Counter-Terrorism Envoy, FCO
- 2007-10 Director General Defence and Intelligence, FCO
Born Edinburgh, 1954. St Hilda’s College, Oxford 1972-75. Married Andrew Leslie, 1978. Two daughters, born 1987 and 1990.