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Tom Cargill appointed as Wilton Park’s new Chief Executive

We are delighted to announced that Tom Cargill has been appointed Wilton Park’s new Chief Executive.

Tom begins his role on 18 January 2021, as Wilton Park celebrates 75 years of bringing people together to generate innovative solutions to the most important contemporary issues faced by the world.

His experience across both the public and private sectors will be essential in driving forward Wilton Park’s vital role of finding innovative solutions to tackle global issues and support British foreign policy priorities.

This will include shaping new relationships with the EU and other international partners in 2021, as well as continuing to partner with a range of actors, multilateral bodies and like minded countries to promote key discussions on climate change, sustainable development, conflict prevention, human rights, and support for a Rules Based International System.

Wilton Park has been convening essential dialogue on contemporary global issues since 1946, and continues its crucial programme of work virtually during the pandemic.


Tom Cargill, Chief Executive, Wilton Park said:

“Wilton Park sits right at the heart of the UK’s soft power and global networks. Now is a particularly exciting time to be leading a globally connected organisation that is both a trusted convenor of dialogue and one of Britain’s pre-eminent drivers of soft power. I look forward to building on our networks of influence, as we navigate the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”


Nigel Adams, Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said:

Wilton Park has an important part to play in a truly Global Britain. Its work demonstrates how the UK is a force for good, driven by ambitious ideas to solve global problems, determined to seize new opportunities and forge new relationships around the world.

Tom Cargill’s diverse experience across the public and private sector means that he is ideally placed to lead Wilton Park’s vital work.”


Gisela Stuart, Chair, Wilton Park said:

“Tom is a strong appointment for Wilton Park. He brings a huge amount of experience, energy and insight to the role. Under his leadership, Wilton Park will continue to grow and develop, bringing fresh thinking to international policy and supporting its delivery.”


Previously the CEO of British Expertise International, Tom brings his extensive experience in UK foreign policy, trade, international development and infrastructure.

Tom has served as founder, CEO and remains Chair of the not-for-profit British Foreign Policy Group. He previously developed international Business Development Strategy for the engineering multinational, Bechtel, and spent 10 years at Chatham House.

Tom succeeds Colin Smith who has held the role of interim Chief Executive since May 2020 and has moved to another Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) appointment.