Tony Brenton

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Sir Tony Brenton

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British Ambassador to Russia
In office
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Roderic Lyne
Succeeded by Anne Pringle
Personal details
Born1 January 1950 (1950-01) (age 70)
NationalityUnited Kingdom

Sir Anthony Russell "Tony" Brenton, KCMG (born 1 January 1950) is a former British diplomat.



Brenton was educated at Peter Symonds' School, [1] a former direct grant grammar school for boys (which subsequently became Peter Symonds College) in the city of Winchester in Hampshire, followed by Queens' College at the University of Cambridge, [2] where he studied Mathematics. [1]

Life and career

Brenton entered the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975, where he began his career learning Arabic and spent three years in the British Embassy in Cairo working on Middle East disputes. [3] He later worked in London and Brussels on the development of European Community Foreign and Energy Policy and, also in Brussels, he worked on European Environment Policy for the European Commission, dealing with energy issues, the Chernobyl crisis and the birth of European environment policy.

Brenton took a sabbatical at Harvard University to write The Greening of Machiavelli – The History of International Environmental Politics after setting up and leading (1990–92) the Foreign Office unit that negotiated for the 1992 Rio "Earth Summit", and in particular the first global agreement on climate change. In 1989–90, he headed a UN Department in the Foreign Office in London. Through 1994–98 he worked as a Counsellor in British Embassy in Moscow, responsible for the British aid programme to Russia, analysis of the Russian economy and UK policy towards Russia in the major international economic fields. In 1998 he was nominated to the position of the Director on Global Issues in FCO. Within the sphere of his responsibilities was the policy towards the UN, human rights, the environment and international economy and development.[ citation needed ]

Brenton served as British Ambassador to Russia from 2004–2008. In 2007 he was awarded a KCMG , the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George. In 2009 he became a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is an advisor to Lloyd's of London. On 27 June 2011 he took part in the Global Policy Forum in Brussels, commenting on the NATO intervention in Libya against Muammar Gaddafi. [4]

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  1. 1 2 "Sir Anthony Brenton, KCMG (b. 1950)" (PDF). Churchill College, Cambridge. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  2. "Queens' College Record 2014". 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. rt, 27 June 2011