Simon Fraser (diplomat)

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Sir Simon James Fraser KCMG (born 3 June 1958),[1] is a British diplomat who currently serves as the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, having served as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from May 2009 to August 2010.

Fraser was educated at St Paul's School, London and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he gained an M.A. Before going to the Business Department, Fraser's career had centred on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He joined the Office in 1979 and served in Iraq, Syria, Paris and Brussels. Having been seconded to the European Commission he worked as Chef du Cabinet for Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson in September 2004, he returned to the FCO in February 2008, where he took up the role of Director-General, Europe and Globalisation.[2]

In July 2010, the Prime Minister announced that Fraser would become Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to replace Sir Peter Ricketts.[3][4]

The annual remuneration for his role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills was £160,000.[5]

He is a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network.

Fraser was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2009 Birthday Honours[6] and Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2013 Birthday Honours.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014. "Mr Simon Fraser, Permanent Under–Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Head of the Diplomatic Service, 55" 
  2. ^ BERR (2009-04-03). "New Permanent Secretary at BERR" (Press release). Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  3. ^ "David Cameron focuses on foreign trade policy". BBC News. 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ Wintour, Patrick (2010-07-21). "Business to drive foreign policy as PM announces diplomatic reshuffle". The Guardian (London). 
  5. ^ "Top civil servant salary list published". Directgov. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. p. 3. 13 June 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 3. 15 June 2013.

Offices held[edit]

Government offices
Preceded by
Unknown
Chef du Cabinet for Commissioner Mandelson
European Commission

2004-2008
Succeeded by
Julian King
Preceded by
Unknown
Director-General, Europe of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2008-2009
Succeeded by
Nick Baird
as Director-General, Europe and Globalisation
Preceded by
Sir Brian Bender
Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

2009
Succeeded by
Himself
as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Preceded by
Himself
as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Permanent Secretary of the
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

2009-2010
Succeeded by
Martin Donnelly
Preceded by
Sir Peter Ricketts
Permanent Secretary of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2010-
Succeeded by
Incumbent