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Alan Charlton CMG CVO MA BLing PGCE

Former British Ambassador to Brazil

Alan Charlton joined the Board of Governors in September 2013 and sits on the Audit Committee.

Alan is a former British diplomat now with a number of roles in the education and third sectors. He published a book of Diplomatic Stories in 2016, called Shaking My Briefcase. He has lectured around the world, including on cruise ships.

He served as the British Ambassador to Brazil between December 2008 and July 2013. This was the final stage of a career of 35 years in the Diplomatic Service, including postings in the United States and Germany as Deputy Ambassador. He served in Berlin before, during, and after, the Fall of the Wall. He started as an Arabist, in the British Embassy to Jordan.

In London, he worked on Africa and the Middle East and was closely involved in the diplomatic work to achieve a political settlement to end the war in Bosnia; he attended the Dayton Peace Talks in 1995. He was Foreign Office HR Director and Member of the Board of Management. He worked for two years as Deputy Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office.

Alan was educated at Cambridge, Leicester and Manchester universities. He has degrees in modern languages and linguistics and a post-graduate certificate of education.

Alan was appointed Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1996 and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2007.

In his spare time, Alan enjoys sports (supporting Crawley Town and Nottingham Forest), genealogy, history, and travel.He is married to Judith. They have two sons and one daughter who are all working in London.

On the subject of higher education, Alan says:

“Universities and colleges are key not only to the success of their cities and regions in the UK, but also to our country’s international relations. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to De Montfort University which, as I know from my time as Ambassador to Brazil, is innovative, internationally minded and has a great future ahead.”

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