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Transcript of interview: Sir Simon Fraser, 2018

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 172

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2018


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

Simon Fraser was born 3 June 1958, son of James Stuart Fraser and of Joan Fraser. He was educated at St Paul’s School and Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. He is married to Shireen Fraser, having two daughters.

Fraser joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1979 and his diplomatic career included: Second Secretary, Baghdad [Iraq], 1982-84; Second Secretary, Damascus [Syria], 1984-86; First Secretary, FCO, 1986-88; Private Secretary to Minister of State, FCO, 1989-90; Policy Planning Staff, FCO, 1991-92; Assistant Head, Non-Proliferation and Defence Department, FCO, 1992-93; First Secretary, Financial and Economic Affairs, Paris [France], 1994-96; Deputy Chef de Cabinet of Vice-President of EC, 1996-99; Political Counsellor, Paris, 1999-2002; Director for Strategy and Innovation, FCO, 2002-04; Chief of Staff to Peter Mandelson, EC, 2004-08; Director General for Europe and Globalisation, FCO, 2008-09; Permanent Secretary, BERR [Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, later Department for Business, Innovation and Skills], 2009-10; Permanent Under-Secretary of State, FCO, and Head of Diplomatic Service, 2010-15.


1 file(s)

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External Documents


Fraser, Sir Simon James, b 1958, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2018-10-25 13:49:22.243000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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