Christopher Mallaby

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Sir Christopher Leslie George Mallaby, GCMG, GCVO (b 7 July 1936) is a British diplomat.

Early life and career[edit]

The son of Brigadier A. W. S. Mallaby CIE OBE and Margaret Catherine Mallaby, he was educated at Eton College and studied Modern Languages and History at Kings College, Cambridge. In 1971 he studied at Harvard Business School.

After leaving university entered Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1959.

He was British Ambassador to Germany 1988-92, British Ambassador to France 1993-96 and Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank.[1]

He was Chairman of Somerset House Trust from 2002–2006, and Trustee of the Tate Gallery Group 1996-2002. He is also as of 2011 a Trustee Director and Deputy-Chairman of Reuters.,[2] and since 2001 has been the Chairman of EORTC.[3]

He was appointed CMG in 1982, KCMG in 1986, GCMG in 1996 and GCVO in 1992.

In an interview in 2009, when asked how bad the relationship between the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Margaret Thatcher and Chancellor of Germany Helmut Kohl was, he replied saying "Very bad. It was about personal chemistry. They didn't naturally enjoy each other's company. Mrs Thatcher had easier relationships with Reagan or Gorbachev"[4]

Christopher Mallaby initiated the Entente Cordiale Scholarship scheme, a prestigious Franco-British scholarship programme.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1961 he married Pascale Thierry-Mieg and by her has a son Sebastian Mallaby and three daughters.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Julian Bullard
British Ambassador to Germany
Succeeded by
Sir Nigel Broomfield
Preceded by
Sir Ewen Fergusson
British Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Jay