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Transcript of interview: Roger Beetham, 2002

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 63

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2002


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

Roger Beetham was born 22 November 1937, the son of Henry Campbell and Mary Beetham; he was educated at Peter Symonds School, Winchester, and Brasenose College, Oxford (MA). In 1965 he married (1st), Judith Rees (the marriage was dissolved in 1986); and ( 2nd), in 1986, Christine Marguerite Malerme.

Beetham entered the Diplomatic Service in 1960, and his career included: Foreign Office, (1960-62); British Delegation to Disarmament Conference, Geneva [Switzerland], (1962-65); Washington [United States], (1965-68); News Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (1969-72); Head of Chancery, Helsinki [Finland], (1972-76); FCO, (1976); seconded to European Commission, Brussels [Belgium], as Spokesman of the President, Roy Jenkins, (1977-80); Counsellor (Economic and Commercial), New Delhi [India], (1981-85); Head of Maritime, Aviation and Environment Department, FCO, (1985-90); Ambassador to Senegal and (non-resident) to Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Mali, (1990-93); British Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe (with personal rank of Ambassador), 1993-1997. Beetham died on 19 September 2009.

Beetham was awarded the LVO in 1976, and the CMG in 1993.


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