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Transcript of interview: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, 2011

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 129

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2011


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

Sherard Cowper-Coles was born on 8 January 1955, son of Sherard Hamilton Cowper-Coles and Dorothy (née Short). He was educated at Freston Lodge School, New Beacon School and Tonbridge School, then studied at Hertford College, University of Oxford (MA; Honorary Fellow, 2002). In 1982, he married Bridget Mary Elliott, having four sons and one daughter.

Cowper-Coles joined the Diplomatic Service in 1977, and his career included the following posts: Third, later Second, Secretary, Cairo [Egypt], 1980-83; First Secretary, Planning Staff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1983-85; Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary of State, 1985-87; First Secretary, Washington [United States], 1987-91; Assistant Head, Security Policy Department, FCO, 1991-93; Resident Associate, IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies), 1993-94; Head, Hong Kong Department, FCO, 1994-97; Counsellor (Political) Paris [France], 1997-99; Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1999-2001; Ambassador to: Israel, 2001-03; Saudi Arabia, 2003-07; Afghanistan, 2007-09; Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2009-10.


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Language of Materials



Coles, Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-, b 1955, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2011-05-04 10:06:42.877000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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