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Transcript of interview: Sir Roy Denman, 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 61

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 1999


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

Sir Roy Denman was born 12 June 1924, the son of Albert Edward and Gertrude Ann Denman; he was educated at Harrow Grammar School and St John’s College, Cambridge. In 1966 he married Moya Lade; one son one daughter.

After his war service 1943-46 (Major, Royal Signals), Denman joined the Board of Trade in 1948, working as Assistant Private Secretary to successive Presidents, 1950-52. From then on his career included: 1st Secretary, British Embassy, Bonn [Germany], 1957-60; UK Delegation, Geneva [Switzerland], 1960-61; Counsellor, Geneva, 1965-67; Under-Secretary, 1967-70, Board of Trade; Deputy Secretary: Department of Trade and Industry, 1970-74; Department of Trade, 1974-75; Second Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, 1975-77; Director-General for External Affairs, EEC Commission, 1977-82; Head, Commission of European Communities Delegation in Washington [United States], 1982-89; Business Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard, 1989-90. Member, negotiating delegation with European Communities, 1970-72. Member, British Overseas Trade Board, 1972-75.

His honours include: KCB 1977 (CB 1972); CMG 1968. Sir Roy died in April 2006.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Denman, Sir Roy

Finding aid date

2002-10-23 09:35:33+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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