David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick

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David Hugh Alexander Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG, CH (born 28 September 1935) is a British diplomat.


Hannay was born in London and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford.

He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1959, and was initially posted to positions in Tehran and Kabul.

Starting in 1965 and continuing into the early 1970s, he was an official representative of the government in discussions that led to the UK's 1973 entry into what became the European Union.

He held various positions in the foreign office in London during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a minister at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, in 1984–1985, and was then promoted to ambassador and permanent representative to the European Economic Community from 1985 to 1990. He then spent the next five years as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

Most recently he has taken on specialized roles such as Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003 and a member of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, reporting to the Secretary-General in December 2004.

In the Order of St Michael and St George he was appointed a Companion (CMG) in 1981,[1] a Knight Commander (KCMG) in 1986[2] and a Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) in 1995.[3]

On 19 June 2001 he was created a life peer as Baron Hannay of Chiswick, of Bedford Park in the London Borough of Ealing,[4] In the same year he was made pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour.[5]

Lord Hannay was awarded an honorary DLitt by Birmingham University in 2003.[6]

Lord Hannay was Chair of the Board of United Nations Association UK from January 2006 to January 2011 and is now chair of the UN All-Party Parliamentary Group. He is currently a member of the Top Level Group for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation and the Lords EU Select Committee, chairing the Sub-Committee on Home Affairs, Health and Education.

David Hannay is married to Gillian Hannay and has four sons and eleven grandchildren.


  • Cyprus: The Search for a Solution. London: I.B.Tauris, 2005. ISBN 9781850436652
  • Britain's Quest for a Role: A Diplomatic Memoir from Europe to the UN. London: I.B.Tauris, 2013. ISBN 9781780760568


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
UK Permanent Representative to the European Union
Succeeded by
John Kerr, Baron Kerr of Kinlochard
Preceded by
Crispin Tickell
UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Succeeded by
John Weston