Simon Collis

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Simon Paul Collis
Ambassador Simon Collis, British Ambassador to Iraq (8572373248).jpg
Collis at Chatham House in 2013
British Ambassador to Iraq
Assumed office
President Jalal Talabani
Preceded by Michael Aron
British Ambassador to Syria
In office
President Bashar al-Assad
Preceded by John Jenkins
Succeeded by Embassy closed
British Ambassador to Qatar
In office
Prime Minister Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani
Preceded by David MacLennan
Succeeded by Roddy Drummond
Personal details
Born 23 February 1956
Spouse(s) Huda Mujarkech
Children Five children
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge

Simon Paul Collis, CMG (born 23 February 1956), is a British diplomat, and was British Ambassador to Iraq from 2012 until September 2014.[1][2]


Collis was educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield from 1967 until 1973 and at Christ's College, Cambridge.


He has held posts in Bahrain, Tunisia, India, Jordan, Dubai, and Basra. He was Consul General in Basra between 2004 and 2005. He took up his present post after being British Ambassador to Qatar between 2005 and 2007, and British Ambassador to Syria between 2007 and 2012. He left Syria in February 2012, after the British Government withdrew their staff there.[1]

Collis was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British interests in Iraq and Syria.[3]


  1. ^ a b Iraq Business News retrieved 3 July 2012
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b4. 14 June 2014.


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David MacLennan
British Ambassador to Qatar
Succeeded by
Roddy Drummond
Preceded by
John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Syria
Embassy closed
Preceded by
Michael Aron
British Ambassador to Iraq
Succeeded by
Francis Raymond Baker