Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

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20th September 2016 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

A Tyrolean Squirrel’s Tail

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When I arrived at the British Embassy in Vienna on 29 August 2016 one of my first meetings was with my excellent Press and Public Affairs (PPA) team. Part of the work of diplomats is to explain to people what we do; and draw attention to good things that link our countries together.  For example, […]

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6th September 2016 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Salzburg, Vienna, Austria: language, migration and nuclear testing

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What does a diplomat do? On Monday 29 August I started work in Vienna as “Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organisations in Vienna”. Recent weeks offer some pointers as to how I’ve prepared for the job, and, now, started.  For example, I arrived in Austria on 1 August […]

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15th July 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#Adiosistanbul 8: big issues

The best thing about working in Istanbul isn’t the history, the architecture or the teeming energy of the city, magnificent though they may be. No.  For a diplomat, the best thing about working here is that Turkey really matters to the United Kingdom. A prosperous, successful Turkey can help boost British security and prosperity.  So […]

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14th June 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#Adiosistanbul 7: street food

Let’s be honest. In four years in this great city I have experienced too many #reasonstolikeistanbul to sum them up in a few farewell blogs. Sorry.  Your city is too extraordinary.  Maybe that’s not a bad problem to have. For example, people often ask me about my favourite shops, restaurants and cafes.  But there are countless […]

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10th June 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#Adiosistanbul 6: the Bosphorus

The Bosphorus stands out amongst #reasonstolikeistanbul.  It’s central; spectacular; and every Istanbullu craves a “Boğaz manzarası” (Bosphorus view). This matters for the Turkish economy.  Not only tourists are attracted by great views.  Quality of life is a key to attracting the mobile economic talent and inward investment which is vital for any economy. How can I […]

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1st June 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#Adiosistanbul 5: brilliant museums

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A sometimes overlooked #reasonstolikeistanbul is the profusion of quirky museums. Some famous Istanbul museums reflect the city’s ancient history, such as the Archaeology Museum (housing exhibits from both within and outside what is today Turkey) or the unparalleled Aya Sofya.  These should be on the itinerary of any visitor. But some of my favourite museums […]

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3rd May 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#Adiosistanbul 4: the Lycian Way

Likya yolu - Kelebekler Vadisi

Ok. The Lycian Way is not in Istanbul. But having written a blog recently about longer walks outside Istanbul; and another about my favourite shorter walk, I thought I should record the fact that, amongst the many wonders of Turkey we should include the splendid Lycian Way. I walked the first 40 km of the Lycian Way in April.  […]

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13th April 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#AdiosIstanbul 3: favourite longer walks – and happiness

How to be happy?  Someone wrote that it’s all about (i) nature; (ii) other people; and (iii) exercise. That sounds about right to me. So what could make you happier than nature walking in a group? My recent blog #AdiosIstanbul 2 mentioned independent hiking group “Hiking Istanbul”. The aim of the slightly British-flavoured project is […]

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11th April 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Congratulations Beşiktaş!

The new “Vodafone Arena” is magnificent.  The location is world class. How did it happen? Since 2013 I have often walked past the site of magnificent new Beşiktaş stadium.  I watched with fascination as the old stadium was demolished; a huge hole in the ground appeared; and the new stadium arose. Every month or two, […]

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2nd March 2016

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador Designate to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Gay Pride in Istanbul: what next?

Küçük bir grup Istiklal’den aşağı yürüyor

A group of colourfully-dressed people gathers in an Istanbul public square to form a Gay Pride march down a busy public street. Year after year, the procession grows, from 5,000, to 10,000, and eventually as many as 100,000.  The international community commends Turkey’s approach to LGBT issues. In 2015, however, the Istanbul Gay Pride march is […]

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About Leigh Turner

I hope you find this blog interesting and, where appropriate, entertaining. My role in Vienna covers the relationship between Austria and the UK as well as the diverse work of…

I hope you find this blog interesting and, where appropriate, entertaining. My role in Vienna covers the relationship between Austria and the UK as well as the diverse work of the UN and other organisations; stories here will reflect that.

About me: I arrived in Vienna in August 2016 for my second posting in this wonderful city, having first served here in the mid-1980s. My previous job was as HM Consul-General and Director-General for Trade and Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and South Caucasus based in Istanbul.

Further back: I grew up in Nigeria, Exeter, Lesotho, Swaziland and Manchester before attending Cambridge University 1976-79. I worked in several government departments before joining the Foreign Office in 1983.

Keen to go to Africa and South America, I’ve had postings in Vienna (twice), Moscow, Bonn, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul, plus jobs in London ranging from the EU Budget to the British Overseas Territories.

2002-6 I was lucky enough to spend four years in Berlin running the house, looking after the children (born 1992 and 1994) and doing some writing and journalism.

To return to Vienna as ambassador is a privilege and a pleasure. I hope this blog reflects that.

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