Sir Julian most recently served as the Commissioner for the Security Union in Brussels. He was responsible for the security portfolio, with a strong focus on counter-terrorism, cyber threats, political disinformation and counter-radicalisation.  He has over 30 years’ experience as a senior diplomat, serving in international political and national diplomatic roles on behalf of the UK government.  Previous roles include HM Ambassador to France, HM Ambassador to Ireland, Director General at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Director General of the Northern Ireland Office.  He holds a BA from the University of Oxford in Philosophy and Theology.