Professor Francis Campbell

The University of Notre Dame Australia
Sydney, Australia

Professor Campbell Joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1997.  He has worked at the United Nations Security Council in New York, the European Union, and at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London and on diplomatic postings overseas.  From 1999-2003, he served on the staff of the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, first as a Policy Adviser in the No.10 Policy Unit, and then as a Private Secretary to the Prime Minister.  He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy. From 2005-2011 he served as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Holy See. From 2011-13 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan.  From 2013-2014 he was the Head of the Policy Unit in the FCO and Director of Innovation at UK Trade and Investment.  In 2014 he was appointed as the Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. He is also Professor of International Relations at St. Mary’s University.

Professor Campbell was a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, London.  He serves as a Governor of St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, and of St. Elizabeth’s School in Richmond, Surrey.  He is a Trustee of Forward Thinking, a London based NGO and Think-Tank.

He has lived in the United States, Poland, Belgium, Pakistan, Italy and Ireland. He speaks Italian and French.


  • BA in Political Science and Scholastic Philosophy – Queens University Belfast
  • MA in European Integration – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • MA in International Relations – University of Pennsylvania, USA (Thouron Fellow)

Academic Honours 

Professor Campbell has Honorary Doctorates from Fordham University (New York), Queen’s University (Belfast), Steubenville University (Ohio), Misercordia University (Pennsylvania), the Pakistan Institute of Business and Technology (Karachi), and the President’s Medal from the Catholic University of America. He is also an Honorary Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.