We look forward to holding our 2021 Christmas lunch once again at Le Cercle de l'Union Interalliée.
Having missed our traditional end of year get together in 2020, we are delighted that the ABAF Christmas lunch is back this year!
Our guest of honour is Theo Rycroft CMG, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Paris.
Theo has been in Paris since July this year, joining the team headed up by newly appointed Ambassador Menna Rawlings.
He was previously the EU Director in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London, leading the FCDO’s engagement and policy work on EU Exit and the future relationship negotiations with the EU. He was Head of the EU Exit Strategy Department in the FCO from 2017 to 2018.
Theo is sure to have insights into UK trade and the UK’s position in France and Europe, as well as the positive changes in UK diplomacy as, following Menna Rawling's appointment, women hold ambassadorships in all the world’s key postings.
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Theo Rycroft has been the Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Paris since July 2021, working across the whole UK Network in France. Theo joined the Diplomatic Service in 2009.
From 2018 he was the EU Director in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London, leading the FCDO’s engagement and policy work on EU Exit and the future relationship negotiations with the EU. He was Head of the EU Exit Strategy Department in the FCO from 2017 to 2018.
Until 2017, he was the Legal Adviser to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street, and Head of International and EU Law at the Attorney General’s Office. He was Counsellor at the UK Mission to the United Nations in Geneva between 2011 and 2014, Assistant Legal Adviser at the FCO from 2009 to 2011, and from 2005 to 2009 he was in the National Security Litigation team in the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.
Prior to joining the Civil Service, he practiced as a commercial litigation solicitor at Herbert Smith LLP. He has an LLM in International Law and Jurisprudence from UCL and an MA in Classics from the University of Oxford.
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