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Transcript of interview: Pamela Gordon, 2022

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 214

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2022


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

Pamela Gordon (née Taylor) was born in 1951. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973, and initially her career included: Rhodesia [later Zimbabwe] Department, FCO, 1973-75; 3rd Secretary, Political and Press, Havana [Cuba], 1975-77; 3rd Secretary, UKRep, Brussels [Belgium], 1977-78. Upon her marriage to her fellow diplomat Robert Gordon in 1978, she took special unpaid leave while her husband was stationed in Chile, 1978-83 and then resigned from the FCO in 1983. She carried out voluntary work for the Diplomatic Spouses Families’ Association in 1986 and was a diplomatic spouse in Paris [France], Warsaw [Poland] and Burma [later Myanmar],1987-99. Once she was able to, she returned to her diplomatic career in 2000 and served as Deputy Desk Officer for Nigeria and Benin, FCO, 2000-03 before taking special unpaid leave again during Robert Gordon’s term as Ambassador to Vietnam, 2003-07. Pamela then served on the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe, 2007-10 and was Desk Officer for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, 2011-12, before becoming Chair of the Diplomatic Families’ and Spouses’ Association, 2012-17.


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Repository Details

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