Robin Renwick, Baron Renwick of Clifton

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Renwick of Clifton
Member of the House of Lords
In office
26 September 1997 – 31 March 2018
British Ambassador to the United States
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
President George Bush
Bill Clinton
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Antony Acland
Succeeded by The Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
British Ambassador to South Africa
In office
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by Patrick Moberly
Succeeded by Anthony Reeve
Personal details
Born (1937-12-13) 13 December 1937 (age 80)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Annie Colette Gidicelli

Robin William Renwick, Baron Renwick of Clifton, KCMG (born 13 December 1937) is a former diplomat and a former member of the House of Lords. He was first a Labour peer but moved to the crossbenches in 2007. He retired from the House in 2018.

Lord Renwick was educated at St Paul's School and graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1962 with a Master of Arts in history. He further studied at the Sorbonne.

From 1956 to 1958 he completed national service in the British Army.

In 1963 he entered the British Foreign Service and had the postings detailed below.

Renwick was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1980 New Year Honours[1] and was promoted to Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 1989 New Year Honours.[2]

He was recommended for a life peerage and created Baron Renwick of Clifton, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on 26 September 1997.[3]

In 1965 he married Annie Colette Gidicelli and has one son and one daughter with her.

Diplomatic posts held[edit]

  • Dakar, 1963–64;
  • Foreign Office, 1964–66;
  • New Delhi, 1966–70;
  • Private Secretary to Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970–72;
  • First Secretary, Paris, 1972–76;
  • Counsellor, Cabinet Office, 1976–78;
  • Rhodesia Department, FCO, 1978–80;
  • Political Adviser to Governor of Rhodesia, 1980;
  • Head of Chancery, Washington, 1981–84;
  • Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1984–87;

Ambassador to:

Directorates held[edit]

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the following firms:

He has previously served on the following Boards of Directors:

Club memberships[edit]

He is a member of the following clubs:


  1. ^ "No. 48041". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1979. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1988. p. 3. 
  3. ^ "No. 54907". The London Gazette. 1 October 1997. p. 11063. 
  4. ^

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Antony Acland
British Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir John Kerr