Nicholas Fenn

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Sir Nicholas Maxted Fenn, GCMG (19 February 1936 – 18 September 2016)[1] was a British diplomat. He was High Commissioner to India from 1991-1996.

Fenn served as a RAF pilot in the 1950s before his diplomatic and civil service career.[2] Fenn later studied at Cambridge University.[3]


Fenn entered the Foreign Office in 1959 and worked as secretaries at various posts overseas, spokesperson at the FCO and as counselor at the British Embassy in Peking. Fenn was fluent in Burmese after undergoing training in 1960 and assigned to Burma in the early 1960s.

Fenn's ambassadorships included Rangoon (1982-1986) and Dublin (1986-1991). Fenn retired in 1996.[4] Following his career with the diplomatic service Fenn served as Chief Executive of Marie Curie, from 1997-2000, after retiring as Chief Executive he continued to serve the charity as Chair of its council of trustees until 2006.[5]

From 1972 to 1975 he was with the Energy Department (as Deputy Head) in the Foreign Office and at the Royal College of Defence Studies in 1978.[6]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Charles Booth
British Ambassador to Burma
Succeeded by
Martin Morland
Preceded by
Alan Goodison
British Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
David Blatherwick
Preceded by
Sir David Goodall
High Commissioner to India
Succeeded by
Sir David Gore-Booth