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Transcript of interview: Sir (Arthur) John Coles, 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 46

Scope and Contents

Also includes a copy of a pamphlet written by Coles for the New Europe group, on British influence and the euro.


  • 2000


Conditions Governing Access

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

Arthur John Coles was born 13 November 1937, son of Arthur Strixton Coles and Doris Gwendoline Coles; he was educated at Magdalen College School, Brackley and Magdalen College, Oxford (BA 1960). In 1965 he married Anne Mary Sutherland Graham.

After serving in the Forces, 1955-57, Coles joined the Diplomatic Service in 1960, and his career included: Middle Eastern Centre for Arabic Studies, Lebanon, 1960-62; Third Secretary, Khartoum [Sudan], 1962-64; Foreign Office (later Foreign and Commonwealth Office), 1964-68; Assistant Political Agent, Trucial States (Dubai), 1968-71; FCO, 1971-75; Head of Chancery, Cairo [Egypt], 1975-77; Counsellor (Developing Countries), UK Permanent Mission to EEC, 1977-80; Head of South Asian Department, FCO, 1980-81; Private Secretary to Prime Minister, 1981-84; Ambassador to Jordan, 1984-88; High Commissioner to Australia, 1988-91; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1991-94. Permanent Under-Secretary of State and Head of the Diplomatic Service, since 1994.

He was awarded the KCMG in 1989 (CMG 1984).


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Language of Materials



Coles, Sir Arthur John

Finding aid date

2002-05-09 16:50:57+00:00

Repository Details

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