Peter Ricketts

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This article is part of the Counter-Terrorism Portal project of Spinwatch.

Baron Peter Ricketts is the former permanent secretary of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2006-2010) and was the UK national security adviser from 2010 until 2012.[1] He later served as Ambassador to France and Monaco until January 2016.

Baron Ricketts sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords.

Adviser to UK/US arms firm

In August 2016, just eight months after leaving the diplomatic corps, Ricketts took up a new role as strategic adviser to the UK arm of one of the world's biggest defence firms, Lockheed Martin UK (LM UK). His role is to provide advice to Lockheed's chairman and executive team of LM UK, both through board meetings and on an informal basis, and 'helping shape the future strategy of the business'.

The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments approved Rickett's new job in February 2016 on the condition he wait six months before starting and also that for two years from his last day in service, he should not become personally involved in lobbying the UK Government on behalf of Lockheed Martin UK, its parent company, subsidiaries or clients. [2]

Adviser to French energy firm

Mr Ricketts sought the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) regarding a new role as non-executive director of Engie, a global energy producer headquartered in France. During his time in office Ricketts had met with Engie a number of times, but the committee noted these were to help inform departmental decision making for the government. They also acknowledged that the three month waiting period for Permanent Secretary equivalents and the six-month ban on taking up business interests in the Ambassador's country of last posting had both been served. The committee advised that Mr Rickett's take up the appointment providing 2 conditions were met; he did not draw upon any privileged information from his time in office, and that he serve a 2-year lobbying ban from his final day in office. The appointment was taken up in May 2016. [3]

Overseas visits declared

In October 2017 Ricketts visited the United Arab Emirates to address the UAE Ministry of Defence Leadership Conference, representing King's College London. His 'travel, accommodation and fee was paid by host'. [4]

External Resources


  1. Establishment of a National Security Council,, 12 May 2010.
  2. Peter Ricketts\ Summary of business appointments applications - Sir Peter Ricketts, Acoba Recommendation,, Last updated 5 August 2016
  3. Sir Peter Ricketts Summary of Business Appointments,, accessed 17 May 2016
  4. House of Lords Register of Interests, 14 March 2018, downloaded 15 March 2018