Humphrey Maud was the son of the civil servant and diplomat John Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud and his wife, the pianist Jean Hamilton. He attended Eton College, where he was a favourite of Benjamin Britten - Britten dedicated The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra to Humphrey and his siblings - though Humphrey's father eventually intervened to stop him spending so much time with Britten during the holidays.
Maud was the British Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1982-85, and the British Ambassador to Argentina from 1990-93. In 1993 he became Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General with responsibility for economic and social affairs, holding the post until he retired in 1999.
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