Dominic Asquith

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Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith, KCMG (born 7 February 1957) is a British diplomat who has been ambassador to Iraq, Egypt and Libya.

Background and education[edit]

Asquith is the younger son of the 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith by his wife the late Anne Palairet (d. 1998), and a great-grandson of H.H. Asquith, a former British Prime Minister. Asquith's elder brother Raymond, father Lord Oxford, and maternal grandfather Sir Michael Palairet, all served as British diplomats. Like his father and brother, he was educated at Ampleforth.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Asquith joined the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and served in Damascus, Muscat, Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires and Riyadh before being appointed Deputy Head of Mission in Iraq in 2004, Director of the Iraq Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 2004–06 and Ambassador to Iraq 2006–7. He was Ambassador to Egypt 2007–11 and Ambassador to Libya 2011–12.

On 4 December 2009, Asquith gave evidence to The Iraq Inquiry.[1]

Asquith survived an assassination attempt in June 2012 when a British convoy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade 300 yards from the Benghazi consulate office.[2] In September 2012 Asquith had to extend a routine break from Libya for medical treatment[3] and in January 2013 he was officially replaced by Michael Aron.[4]

Asquith was appointed CMG in 2004[5] and knighted KCMG in the 2012 New Year Honours.[6][7]

Asquith retired from Crown service in March 2013.[8]

Post diplomatic career[edit]

In May 2013 Asquith took an unpaid position leading a trade delegation to Libya organised by the Libyan British Business Council.[9]

In June 2013 Asquith took a paid position as senior consultant with Tatweer Research, a Libyan research and development company, specialising in technology and engineering.[10]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 1983-1984 Diplomat, Soviet Dept
  • 1984-1985 Diplomat, Southern Europe Dept
  • 1986-1987 Second Secretary, Damascus, Syria
  • 1987-1989 First Secretary (Chancery), Muscat
  • 1989-1990 Diplomat, EC Dept (Internal) Dept
  • 1990-1992 Private Secretary to Minister of State FCO
  • 1992-1996 First Secretary, Washington DC, USA
  • 1996 Drugs and International Crime Dept FCO
  • 1997-2001 Minister and Dep Head of Mission, Buenos Aires
  • 2001-2004 Deputy Head of Mission and Consul-General, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 2004 Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, and Deputy Head of Mission, Baghdad, Iraq
  • 2004-2006 Director Iraq, FCO
  • 2006-2007 HM Ambassador to Iraq
  • 2007–2011 HM Ambassador to Egypt
  • 2011–2012 UK Special Representative, then Ambassador, to Libya

Family[edit]

Asquith is married since 1988 to the former Louise Cotton, who had worked as a secretary in the British Foreign Office and resigned upon her marriage. They have two daughters (b. 1989 and 1990) and two sons (b. 1992 and 1994).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Transcript of Dominic Asquith, Iraq Inquiry, 7 Dec 2009
  2. ^ "British ambassador to Libya escapes uninjured after his convoy is hit by rocket-propelled grenade". Daily Mail. June 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Aron, formerly Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq, will be temporarily replacing Sir Dominic Asquith as Acting Head of Mission in Libya, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 13 September 2012
  4. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 14 January 2013
  5. ^ Honours and Awards
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 3. 31 December 2011.
  7. ^ New Year Honours List 2012: full list, Telegraph.co.uk
  8. ^ Appointments taken up by former Crown servants, Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, 13 November 2013
  9. ^ ACOBA Asquith LBBC, Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, 12 April 2013
  10. ^ ACOBA Asquith Tatweer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 26 June 2013
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
William Patey
British Ambassador to Iraq
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Christopher Prentice
Preceded by
Sir Derek Plumbly
British Ambassador to Egypt
2007–2011
Succeeded by
James Watt
Preceded by
Sir John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Libya
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Michael Aron

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