Transcript of interview: Sir Nicholas Fenn, 2010
Scope and Contents
The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
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Biographical / Historical
Nicholas Fenn was born on 19 February 1936, son of the Reverend Professor J. Eric Fenn and of Kathleen (née Harrison). He was educated at Kingswood School, Bath and Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge. In 1959, he married Susan Clare (née Russell), having two sons and one daughter.
After his National Service as a Pilot Officer in the RAF, 1954-56, Fenn joined the Diplomatic Service in 1959, and his career included the following posts: Third Secretary, British Embassy, Rangoon [Burma, later Myanmar], 1959-63; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1963-67; First Secretary, British Interests Section, Swiss Embassy, Algiers [Algeria], 1967-69; First Secretary (Public Relations), UK Mission to United Nations, New York [United States], 1969-72; Deputy Head, Energy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1972-75; Counsellor, Peking [China], 1975-77; Head of News Department and FCO Spokesman, 1979-82; Spokesman to last Governor of Rhodesia [later Zambia and Zimbabwe], 1979-80; Ambassador to Rangoon [later Yangon, Myanmar], 1982-86; Ambassador to Dublin [Ireland], 1986-91; High Commissioner in New Delhi [India], 1991-1996.
Sir Nicholas was awarded the GCMG in 1995 (KCMG 1989; CMG 1980). He died on 18 September 2016.
Language of Materials
Fenn, Sir Nicholas Maxted, 1936-2016, Knight, diplomat
Finding aid date
- Brown, George Alfred, 1914 - 1985 (Baron George-Brown, politician)
- Butler, Richard Austen, 1902 - 1982 (Baron Butler of Saffron Walden)
- Carington, Peter Alexander Rupert, 1919 - 2018 (6th Baron Carrington, politician)
- Stewart, Robert Michael Maitland, 1906 - 1990 (Baron Stewart of Fulham)