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Emma Cochrane
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Phone +33(0)1 55 65 59 89 cochrane@hec.fr


Peter Westmacott was born in the village of Edington, Somerset in the South West of England in December 1950. He went to Taunton School, Somerset, and then to New College Oxford. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1972.

After a year in Middle East Department, and Persian language training, he was posted to Tehran in 1974 as 3rd, later 2nd, Secretary. In 1978 he joined the European Commission in Brussels as a fonctionnaire en échange working on Mediterranean issues. From 1980-1984 he was posted to Paris as 1st Secretary (Economic).

Returning to London, Peter worked for a few months in European Union Department before becoming Private Secretary to successive Ministers of State (Richard Luce MP and Tim Renton MP). In 1987 he went to the British Embassy, Ankara as Head of Chancery and from 1990-1993 spent three years as Assistant, later Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales.

From 1993-1997 Peter was Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs in Washington, before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Director, Americas. In 2000 he was appointed Deputy Under Secretary for the Wider World, before moving to Ankara, where he was British Ambassador to Turkey from 2002-2006.

He was awarded the LVO in 1993, the CMG in 2000 and the KCMG in 2003.

Peter married Susie Nemazee in 2001. Between them they have four grown up children (Oliver, Laura, Rupert and Safieh).

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