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British Ambassador to Germany Promoted to Head of Diplomatic Service

The current British Ambassador to Germany has been promoted to the role of Head of the British Diplomatic Service

July 29th, 2015

Sir Simon Mcdonald, the ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland to Germany will be leaving his post in Berlin at the end of August to take up his new position as the head of the Diplomatic Service in London. In a statement on the British Embassy Berlin Facebook page Sir Mcdonald has said that although he has enjoyed being in Berlin he is looking forward to his new task in the UK. He will also write a Huffington Post report on his time in Germany and his impressions of the country.

Sir Simon Mcdonald has been a part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since 1982 serving at Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn and Washington D.C. as well as at the FCO itself. He was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2003; the Director for Iraq at the FCO from 2006 to 2007; the Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Head of the Overseas and Defence Secretariat at the Cabinet office from 2007 to 2010; and was appointed Ambassador to Germany from October 2010. There are two British consulate-generals in Germany alongside the Embassy in Berlin, one in Munich and one in Düsseldorf.

 He has been appointed to be the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, replacing Sir Simon Fraser. He is very decorated having been appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2004, Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2014 and a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in June 2015 during the Queen’s visit to Berlin.


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Rhys Millin, Berlin Global