Peter Ricketts

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His Excellency
Sir Peter Ricketts
GCMG GCVO
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Her Majesty's Ambassador to France
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Sir Peter Westmacott
United Kingdom National Security Advisor
In office
2010–2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Sir Kim Darroch
Permanent Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
In office
2006–2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded by Sir Michael Jay
Succeeded by Sir Simon Fraser
Personal details
Born (1952-09-30) 30 September 1952 (age 61)
United Kingdom
Nationality United Kingdom British
Spouse(s) Suzanne
Children 2
Residence Paris
Alma mater Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
Pembroke, Oxford
Occupation Diplomat
Website gov.uk/world/france

Sir Peter Forbes Ricketts, GCMG GCVO (born September 1952[1]) is a senior British diplomat who currently serves as British Ambassador to France, in succession to Sir Peter Westmacott.

On 24 June 2011, the Prime Minister's Office announced that Sir Peter Ricketts would replace Sir Peter Westmacott as HM Ambassador to France effective January 2012, with Sir Kim Darroch taking Sir Peter's old role as National Security Adviser.[2]

Career[edit]

Prior to his appointment as National Security Adviser, Sir Peter had been the Permanent Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Before he took over that position in July 2006, he served as the Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels. He was also previously the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, leading him to give evidence to The Iraq Inquiry in November 2009.[3]

Sir Peter began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1974 and served as the Assistant Private Secretary to former Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe. Apart from Brussels, he has been posted to Singapore, Washington D.C. and Paris.

Personal life[edit]

Sir Peter attended Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield, and Pembroke College, Oxford where he read English Literature.

He has two grown children.

Sir Peter was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG), he was further promoted within the same Order as a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2011 New Year Honours.[4] He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 2014.

Government offices
Preceded by
Michael Pakenham
Chairman of the
Joint Intelligence Committee

2000-2001
Succeeded by
Sir John Scarlett
Preceded by
Sir Emyr Jones Parry
Director-General, Political of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2001-2003
Succeeded by
Sir John Sawers
Preceded by
Sir Emyr Jones Parry
Permanent Representative to the
North Atlantic Council (NATO)

2003-2006
Succeeded by
Stewart Eldon
Preceded by
Sir Michael Jay
Permanent Secretary of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2006-2010
Succeeded by
Simon Fraser
Preceded by
New position
Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser
2010-2012
Succeeded by
Sir Kim Darroch
Preceded by
Sir Peter Westmacott
British Ambassador to France
2012-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Foreign Policy in an Era of Globalisation. Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations. Thursday 15 2009.
  2. ^ "Senior Diplomatic Appointments". Number 10. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Iraq inquiry told of 'clear' threat from Saddam Hussein". BBC News. BBC. 24 November 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59647. p. 3. 31 December 2010.

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