Sir Peter Westmacott
|British Ambassador to|
the United States
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Sir Nigel Sheinwald|
|Succeeded by||Sir Kim Darroch|
|British Ambassador to France|
|Prime Minister||Gordon Brown;|
|Preceded by||Sir John Holmes|
|Succeeded by||Sir Peter Ricketts|
|British Ambassador to Turkey|
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Sir David Logan|
|Succeeded by||Nick Baird|
Peter John Westmacott
23 December 1950
Edington, Somerset, England
|Relations||Herbert Westmacott (cousin)|
|Alma mater||New College, Oxford|
Sir Peter John Westmacott GCMG LVO (born 23 December 1950) is a senior British diplomat, who was British Ambassador to Turkey, then Ambassador to France (2007 to 2011) and finally Ambassador to the United States from January 2012 to January 2016, succeeding Sir Nigel Sheinwald, a posting announced by the Prime Minister's Office on 24 June 2011.
Westmacott joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1972, and his first overseas posting was as Second Secretary at Tehran, Iran, in 1974. In 1978, he was sent to the European Commission in Brussels, and from 1980 to 1984 he was in Paris. After a period in London he was in Ankara as Head of Chancery from 1987.
In 1990 he was Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales, and in 1993 was sent to Washington to serve as a Counsellor. Later postings included Director for the Americas in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Deputy Under Secretary of State.
From 2002–06, Westmacott was HM Ambassador to Turkey where, in 2003, he dealt with a suicide bomb attack directed at the British Consulate in Istanbul, killing 15 people; thereafter he was closely involved in negotiations attempting to bring Turkey into the EU.
Formerly HM Ambassador to France since 2007, Westmacott took over as HM Ambassador to the United States in January 2012. In 2015, Westmacott was paid a salary of between £170,000 and £174,999 by the Foreign Office, making him one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.
Westmacott is the son of The Reverend Prebendary Ian Westmacott, by his wife, Rosemary (née Watney). His cousin, Captain Herbert Westmacott MC, was killed during a gunfight with the Provisional Irish Republican Army in Belfast in 1980.
Honours and awards
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) - 2016
- Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) - 1993
- Commandeur, Legion of Honour - 2008
In March 1993 Westmacott was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order. He was later appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 2000 New Year Honours before being promoted to Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 2003 Birthday Honours and Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to diplomacy.
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Sir David Logan
| British Ambassador to Turkey
Sir John Holmes
| Ambassador of the United Kingdom to
Sir Peter Ricketts
Sir Nigel Sheinwald
| British Ambassador to the United States
Sir Kim Darroch