Martin Williams (diplomat)

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Martin Williams CVO OBE (born 3 November 1941), is a British diplomat. He was High Commissioner to New Zealand and concurrently the Governor of the Pitcairn Islands from 1998 to 2001.[1] As of 2012 Williams serves as a consultant to the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust.[2]


Williams is a career member of the British Foreign Office having entered the FCO in 1963. His assignments include 1993-95 On loan to Northern Ireland Office, 1990-92 FCO (Head of South Asian Department), 1986-90 ROME (Head of Chancery), 1982-85 NEW DELHI (Head of Chancery), 1980-82 FCO (Assistant Head, Aid Policy Department), 1977-80 TEHRAN (First Secretary Commercial and Head of Chancery), 1974-77 FCO (Marine and Transport Department), 1972-73 FCO (On loan to Civil Service College), 1970-72 MILAN (Vice Consul Commercial), 1966-69 MANILA (Second Secretary Political), 1965-66 FCO (On loan to Civil Service College), 1964-65 FCO (Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary), and 1963-64 FCO (Constitutional Department).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Williams was born on 3 November 1941.[3] He is married to the artist, Mrs Sue Williams.[4] They have 2 sons, born 1966 and 1967.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-08-26. Retrieved 2012-11-08.  "James Caird Society"
  2. ^ "Antarctic Heritage Trust"
  3. ^ a b c "Government News"
  4. ^ "Botanical Definition"
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert Alston
High Commissioner to New Zealand
Succeeded by
Richard Fell