Geoffrey Allan Crossley

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Geoffrey Allan Crossley, CMG (11 November 1920 – 13 June 2009) was a British diplomat, ambassador to Colombia and to the Holy See.


Geoffrey Crossley was educated at Penistone Grammar School and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. During the Second World War he served in the Ministry of Supply (1941) and the Foreign Office (1942) and subsequently in Algeria and France. In 1945 he joined the Foreign Service and served as Second Secretary in Paris 1945–48. From 1949–52 he was one of the two UK delegates to the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans (UNSCOB). He was then posted to Singapore as deputy Regional Information Officer with the Commissioner-General for South-East Asia. In 1957–59 he served in the Consulate-General, Frankfurt, for the transition of the Saarland from French occupation to Germany. He was a Political Officer (later in charge of the Political Department) in the Middle East Command, later the Near East Command, Cyprus, 1959–61; Head of Chancery at Berne 1961–65; on secondment to the Ministry of Overseas Development as Head of the West and North Africa Department 1965–67; Deputy High Commissioner, Lusaka, 1967–69; and Counsellor, Oslo, 1969–73. His final diplomatic appointments were as Ambassador to Colombia, 1973–77 and Envoy to the Holy See, 1978–80.

After retiring from the Diplomatic Service, Crossley was Director, External Relations and Continuing Education, European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), Fontainebleau, 1980–84.

Geoffrey Crossley was appointed CMG in 1984.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Edward Rogers
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Colombia
1973 – 1977
Succeeded by
Richard Neilson
Preceded by
Dugald Malcolm
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to the Holy See
1978 – 1980
Succeeded by
Sir Mark Heath


CROSSLEY, Geoffrey Allan, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2010, accessed 22 March 2012