Jane Rumble

Jane Rumble is the Head of the Polar Regions Department for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[1][2][3]

Jane Rumble
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
Scientific career
InstitutionsPolar Regions Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

Early life and education

Rumble attended Aylesbury High School and subsequently graduated with a BSc in Geography from the University of Exeter.[citation needed][4]

Career and impact

Rumble was appointed to the position of Head of Polar Regions Department in January 2007, having been Deputy Head since 2003.[1][5] She began her civil service career in the UK's Department of Environment, where she held a number of roles dealing with corporate and environmental policy, including policy on the health and safety of genetically modified crops.[5] She then worked for the cross-Whitehall Teenage Pregnancy Unit before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she began to work on polar policy. Rumble is the fourth Head of the FCO's polar regions department since 1943.[1][5] During her time as the Head of Polar Regions, she has been involved in shaping policy relevant to Arctic and Antarctic protection.[6][7][8]

Awards and honors

Rumble is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge.[5]

She was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (awarded an OBE) in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours List.[9] In July 2018 she was made an honorary Doctor of Science by Leeds University.[10]


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  2. "Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean" (PDF). House of Commons. 2013.
  3. "British Antarctic Territory" (PDF). jncc.defra.gov.uk/. Polar Regions Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Antarctic Survey.
  4. "Jane Rumble". LinkedIn. Retrieved 11 December 2019.[dead link]
  5. "Jane Rumble - Sciences & technology in the service of society". www.csap.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  6. Lavelle, Marianne (2013-09-21). "Forum on Arctic 'Science of Change' Focuses on Decisions at the Top of the World". Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  7. Environmental Audit Committee (2012-09-20). Protecting the Arctic. 1. House of Commons. ISBN 9780215048394.
  8. "Why Does Antarctica Matter?". www.rgs.org. Royal Geographical Society. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  9. "No. 62310". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 June 2018. p. B23.
  10. "Jane Frances Rumble". University of Leeds. July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.