As Consul-General he writes a regular blog published in English and Turkish and tweets as leighturnerFCO. From June 2008 to July 2012 Leigh Turner was British ambassador to Ukraine, resident in Kyiv. As ambassador, he also blogged including in Ukrainian. From 2006-2008 he was Director, Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Commissioner of the British Antarctic Territory.
And Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Born in 1958, he graduated from Cambridge University in 1979 joining the Civil Service as an administrative trainee the same year.
After working in the Departments of Transport and Environment, and the Treasury, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1983 and has had postings in Austria, Russia, Germany and Ukraine before Turkey. Whilst on unpaid leave, between 2002 and 2006, he wrote travel articles for the Financial Times, The Boston Globe and other newspapers.
He continues to write novels and short stories in his spare time.
In December 2015 it was announced that Turner had been appointed as the British ambassador to Austria and permanent representative to the United Nations in Vienna. He will take up this appointment in August 2016.