William Ehrman

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Sir William Geoffrey Ehrman
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China
In office
15 March 2006 – January 2010
Preceded by Sir Christopher Hum
Succeeded by Sebastian Wood
Ambassador from the United Kingdom to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
In office
Preceded by Nick Elam
Succeeded by Gordon Wetherell
Personal details
Born (1950-08-28) 28 August 1950 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Penelope Ann LePatourel
Relations John Patrick William Ehrman (father)
Susan Blake (mother)
Alma mater Eton College
Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir William Ehrman, KCMG (born 1950), is a British civil servant and former Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.[1][2]


Ehrman was educated at Eton College, a boarding independent school for boys in Eton in Berkshire, followed by Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, from which he graduated with a first class degree in Mandarin Chinese.

Life and career[edit]

Ehrman joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Diplomatic Service in 1973, and has had postings in Beijing, New York, Hong Kong and was British Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1998–2000.

Ehrman was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's director general for defence and intelligence between 2002 and 2004,[3] before becoming British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from 2006 to 2010. Ehrman gave evidence to The Iraq Inquiry in November 2009.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ehrman is married to Penelope (daughter of Wallace Le Patourel), and the couple have three daughters and a son named Tom.[1]

Offices held[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir John Sawers
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Sir John Grant
Preceded by
Nick Elam
British Ambassador
to Luxembourg

Succeeded by
Gordon Wetherell
Preceded by
Sir Peter Ricketts
Director, International Security
of the Foreign Office

Succeeded by
Edward Oakden
Preceded by
Sir Stephen Wright
Director-General, Defence and Intelligence
of the Foreign Office

Succeeded by
Sir David Richmond
Preceded by
Sir Christopher Hum
British Ambassador
to China

Succeeded by
Sebastian Wood
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Scarlett
Chairman (interim) of the
Joint Intelligence Committee

Succeeded by
Sir Richard Mottram


  1. ^ a b "New JIC chair William Ehrman profiled". BBC News. 20 July 2004. 
  2. ^ A & C Black (2012). "EHRMAN, Sir William (Geoffrey)". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Inquiry told Iraq could not 'use' chemical weapons". BBC News. BBC. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 

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