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Transcript of interview: Sir John Weston, 2001

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 82

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From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2001


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

John Weston was born on 13 April 1938, son of Philip George Weston and Edith Alice Bray (née Ansell); he was educated at Sherborne, then Worcester College, Oxford, taking a 1st Class in Classics. In 1967 he married Margaret Sally Ehlers; they had two sons and one daughter.

After his National Service with the Royal Marines, (1956-58), Weston entered the Diplomatic Service in 1962. His career included: Foreign Office, (1962-63); Treasury Centre for Administrative Studies, (1964); Chinese Language student, Hong Kong, (1964-66); Peking [China], (1967-68); FO, (1969-71); Office of British Permanent Representative to European Economic Community, (1972-74); Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary [(Leonard) James Callaghan, then (Charles) Anthony Crosland), (1974-76); Counsellor, Head of EEC Presidency Secretariat, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (1976-77); Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, (1977-78); Counsellor, Washington [United States], (1978-81); Head of Defence Department, FCO, (1981-84); Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, (1984-85); Minister, Paris [France], (1985-88); Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Cabinet Office, (1988-89) (on secondment); Deputy Under-Secretary of State (Defence), FCO, (1989-90); Political Director, FCO, (1990-91); Ambassador and British Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Council (NATO), (1991-95), to Permanent Council of Western European Union, (1992-95); British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, (1995-98).


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