Deputy Chairman, Chatham House; Adviser, Russia and Eurasia Programme
The RT Hon Sir Roderic Lyne
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Sir Roderic Lyne has been deputy chairman of the Council of Chatham House since 2008. 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)