David Gore-Booth

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Sir David Alwyn Gore-Booth, KCMG, KCVO (15 May 1943 – 31 October 2004) was a British diplomat.

Family and education[edit]

Twin son of late Paul Gore-Booth, Baron Gore-Booth, GCMG, KCVO. Married 1st, 1964, Jillian Sarah (née Valpy) (marriage dissolved 1970); one son (Paul Wyatt Julian Gore-Booth); Married 2nd, 1977, Mary Elisabeth Janet, daughter of Sir David Muirhead, KCMG, CVO; one step son. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.


HM Diplomatic Service, 1964-98:

Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, 1964;
Third Secretary, Baghdad, 1966;
Third, later Second Secretary, Lusaka, 1967;
FCO, 1969;
Second Secretary, Tripoli, 1969;
FCO, 1971;
First Secretary, UK Permanent Representation to European Communities, Brussels, 1974;
Assistant Head of Financial Relations Dept, FCO, 1978;
Counsellor, Jedda, 1980;
Counsellor and Head of Chancery, UK Mission to UN, New York, 1983;
Head of Policy Planning Staff, FCO, 1987;
Asst Under Sec. of State (ME), FCO, 1989;
Ambassador, Saudi Arabia, 1993;
High Commissioner, New Delhi, 1996-98.


HSBC Bank Middle East, 1999-;
British Arab Commercial Bank, 1999-;
HSBC Bank Egypt, 1999-;
Middle East International, 1999-;
Saudi-British Bank, 2000-;
Group 4 Falck, 2000;
Vedanta Resources plc, 2003-. Co-Chairman: Dubai/UK Trade and Economic Cttee, 2000-;
Qatar/Britain Association of Businessmen, 2001-;
Director, Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, 2002-;
Member: Moroccan-British Business Council, 2001-;
Egyptian-British Business Council, 2003-;
Vice-President, Middle East Association, 2002-.


Next Century Foundation, 1997-;
Medical Aid for Palestinians, 2001-.

Member Adv. Bd, Centre for Internat. Studies and Diplomacy, Birmingham University, 1999-.

Special Adviser to Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc, since 1999. KCMG 1997 (CMG 1990); KCVO 1997;


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Preceded by
Sir Nicholas Fenn
High Commissioner to India
Succeeded by
Sir Rob Young