Simon Collis

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His Excellency
Simon Collis
CMG
Ambassador Simon Collis, British Ambassador to Iraq (8572373248).jpg
Collis at Chatham House in 2013
British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Assumed office
2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Iraq
In office
2012–2014
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Michael Aron
Succeeded by Frank Baker
British Ambassador to Syria
In office
2007–2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by John Jenkins
Succeeded by Embassy closed
British Ambassador to Qatar
In office
2005–2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by David MacLennan
Succeeded by Roddy Drummond
Personal details
Born 23 February 1956
Spouse(s) Huda Mujarkech
Children Five children
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge

Simon Paul Collis, CMG (born 23 February 1956) is a British diplomat who is Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Biography[edit]

Collis was educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield, from 1967 until 1973 and at Christ's College, Cambridge.

He joined Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1978 and served his first posting as Second Secretary in Bahrain from 1981–1984. From 1984– 1986 he served as Middle East Spokesman in the News Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1986 he temporarily served at the UK mission in New York. From 1987–1988 he was Head of India Section in the South Asia Department. From 1988-1990 he was Deputy Head of Mission in Tunis. From 1990-1991 he was in the Gulf War Emergency Unit. From 1991–1994 he served as First Secretary in New Delhi, India. From 1994–1996 he was Deputy Head of the Near East & North Africa Department. From 1996–1999 he was Deputy Head of Mission in Amman, Jordan. From 1999-2000 he was seconded to BP. From 2000–2004 he was Consul-General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[1]

He was Consul General in Basra between 2004 and 2005. He was British Ambassador to Qatar 2005–07, and British Ambassador to Syria 2007–2012. He left Syria in February 2012, after the British Government withdrew their staff there.[2] He was British Ambassador to Iraq from 2012 until September 2014.[2][3] He presented his credentials as British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia on 3 February 2015.[4]

Collis was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British interests in Iraq and Syria.[5]

In 2016, Collis became the first UK ambassador to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj after converting to Islam.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/people/simon-collis
  2. ^ a b Iraq Business News retrieved 3 July 2012
  3. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1 Sep 2014
  4. ^ Vice Foreign Minister Receives a Number of Ambassadors, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 3 February 2015
  5. ^ "No. 60895". The London Gazette (Supplement). 14 June 2014. p. b4. 
  6. ^ Simon Collis becomes first UK ambassador to perform Haj, Gulf News, September 13, 2016

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David MacLennan
British Ambassador to Qatar
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Roddy Drummond
Preceded by
John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Syria
2007–2012
Embassy closed
Preceded by
Michael Aron
British Ambassador to Iraq
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Frank Baker
Preceded by
Sir John Jenkins
British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
2015–present
Incumbent