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Francis Campbell

Francis Campbell

Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University College, Twickenham

Former UK Ambassador to the Holy See

Former Policy Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office



St Colman's College, Northern Ireland

BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy - Queens University Belfast)

MA in European Integration - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

MA in International Relations - University of Pennsylvania, USA (Thouron Fellow)


Since 1997 as a member of HM Diplomatic Service.  Postings included on European Union, at the United Nations Security Council in New York, Italy and at the FCO in London.  From 1999-2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No.10 Policy Unit and then as a Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs.  He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy.  From 2005-2011 he served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. From 2011-13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan.  From 2013-2014 he was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UKTI.  In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

Academic Honours

He has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America.


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