Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Programme
The RT Hon Sir Roderic Lyne
Contact information
+44 (0)20 7314 2775


Sir Roderic Lyne is an adviser to the Russia and Eurasia Programme. He was deputy chairman of the council of Chatham House from 2008 to 2016. From 1970 to 2004 he was a member of the British Diplomatic Service.

Sir Roderic was British ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2004; UK permanent representative to the World Trade Organization, the UN and other international organizations in Geneva from 1997 to 2000; and private secretary to the prime minister for foreign affairs, defence and Northern Ireland from 1993 to 1996.

From 1986 to 1987 he was a visiting research fellow at Chatham House. Since retiring from the Diplomatic Service, Sir Roderic has served as a non-executive director or consultant to a number of international businesses and as chairman of the governors of Kingston University.

He writes and lectures frequently on Russia, and was a co-author of the Chatham House Report, The Russian Challenge, published in June 2015.


  • Russia’s domestic and foreign policy


2000 - 04British Ambassador to the Russian Federation
1997 - 2000UK Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organization, the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva
1993 - 96Private Secretary to the Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Northern Ireland
1990 - 93Head of the Soviet and Eastern Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1987 - 90Head of Chancery, British Embassy in Moscow


  • Russian (broadcast standard); French (not broadcast standard)