Alan Charlton CMG CVO MA BLing PGCE

Former British Ambassador to Brazil

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

He has a number of roles in governance and lecturing/training. He published a book of Diplomatic Stories in 2016, called Shaking My Briefcase.

He served as the British Ambassador to Brazil between December 2008 and July 2013. This was the final posting in a career of 35 years in HM Diplomatic Service, including 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.

He was educated at Cambridge, Leicester and Manchester universities. He has degrees in modern languages and linguistics and a post-graduate certificate of education. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, his home city.

He 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, he 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, he 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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