Alistair Harrison

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His Excellency
William Alistair Harrison
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Governor of Anguilla
In office
21 April 2009 – 23 July 2013
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Osbourne Fleming
Hubert Hughes
Preceded by Stanley Reid (Acting)
Succeeded by Christina Scott
Personal details
Born (1954-11-14) 14 November 1954 (age 62)
Guisborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Spouse(s) Sarah Wood
Alma mater University College, Oxford
University of London

William Alistair Harrison CMG CVO (born 14 November 1954[1]) is Her Majesty's Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps. He was previously Governor of Anguilla from 21 April 2009 to 23 July 2013.

Early life[edit]

Harrison was born on 14 November 1954 in Guisborough, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.[2] He studied at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He then went on to read Literae Humaniores at University College, Oxford, graduating in 1977. In 1995, he has also gained a Diploma in Economics at the University of London.[2]

Diplomatic career[edit]

In 1977, he joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service.[2] He first worked in the NATO Section of the Defence Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He had Polish language training in 1978.[3] He was posted to Warsaw, Poland between 1979 and 1982. He was a Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1984 to 1986.[3] From 1987 till 1992, he was based in New York City as part of the UK Mission to the United Nations. He returned to London and became Deputy Head of the Middle East Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a position that he held until 1995 when he was once more posted to Warsaw, Poland. He then worked as a Foreign Policy Adviser to the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium from 1998 to 2000.[2]

Harrison once more joined the UK Mission to the United Nations in 2000. With this experience, he returned to the Foreign Office in London to head the United Nations Department between 2003 and 2005. From 2005, he held the position of High Commissioner to Zambia. In 2008-09, he was Head of the Zimbabwe Unit at the Foreign Office. In April 2009, he became the Governor of Anguilla.[4] In 2014, he became HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps.


On 25 March 1996, Harrison was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).[5] He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Harrison's first wife was Theresa Mary (née Morrison). They were married from 1981-91, when their marriage was dissolved.[3] In 1996, he married, secondly, to Sarah Judith (née Wood); the couple has three children.[2]


  1. ^ Arrival Of New Governor To Anguilla
  2. ^ a b c d e "HM Governor". Governor's Office Anguilla. 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "HARRISON, W. Alistair". KnowUK. January 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ HM Governor, official site.
  5. ^ "No. 54388". The London Gazette. 3 May 1996. p. 6269. 
  6. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 3. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Stanley Reid
Governor of Anguilla
Succeeded by
Christina Scott