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Transcript of interview: Sir Francis Richards, 2016

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 149

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2016


Conditions Governing Access

From the Fonds:

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

Francis Richards was born on 18 November 1945, son of Sir (Francis) Brooks Richards, KCMG, DSC and Hazel Myfanwy, daughter of Lt-Col Stanley Price Williams, CIE. He was educated at Eton and King’s College, University of Cambridge (MA). In 1971, he married Gillian Bruce Nevill, having one son and one daughter.

After beginning his career in the Royal Green Jackets, in 1967, Richards was invalided out in 1969 and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His career included the following postings; Moscow [Soviet Union], 1971; UK Delegation to MBFR (Mutual and Balanced Force Reduction) negotiations, Vienna [Austria], 1973; FCO, 1976-85 (Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary, 1981-82); Economic and Commercial Counsellor, New Delhi [India], 1985-88; FCO, 1988-90 (Head, South Asian Department); High Commissioner, Windhoek [Namibia], 1990-92; Minister, Moscow, 1992-95; Director (Europe), FCO, 1995-97; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1997-98; Director, GCHQ, 1998-2003; Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, 2003-06.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Richards, Sir Francis Neville, b 1945, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2016-06-24 15:07:25.543000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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