Sir Paul Lever KCMG (born 31 March 1944) is a British retired senior ambassador.
Paul Lever was educated at St Paul's School, London and The Queen's College, Oxford. He joined the Diplomatic Service on leaving Oxford in 1966. After a year at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) he was sent to Finland to learn Finnish and served at the embassy in Helsinki 1967–71. He later served as chef de cabinet to Christopher Tugendhat, then vice-president of the EEC, and as head successively of the UN, Defence, and Security Policy departments in the FCO. He was head of the UK delegation to the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna, with the rank of Ambassador, 1990–92; assistant Under-Secretary at the FCO 1992–94; chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee 1994–96; Director for EU and Economic Affairs at the FCO 1996–97; and Ambassador to Germany 1997–2003.
Lever was appointed CMG in 1991 and knighted KCMG in the 1998 New Year Honours. He was awarded an honorary LLD degree by Birmingham University in 2001 and an honorary fellowship of his alma mater, The Queen’s College, Oxford, in 2006.
- Europa in zehn Jahren: wie wird es aussehen?. Vortrag. Hamburg : Übersee-Club, 2002
- Berlin Rules: Europe and the German Way. Tauris, 2017 ISBN 9781784539290
- Interview with Sir Paul Lever, British Diplomatic Oral History Programme, Churchill College, Cambridge, 7 November 2011
|Head of Delegation to the CSCE
|Ambassador to Germany
Sir Peter Torry
Dame Pauline Neville-Jones
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Joint Intelligence Committee
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