Transcript of interview: Sir John Goulden, 2019
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.
Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.
Biographical / Historical
Sir John Goulden was born on 21 Feb 1941, the son of George Herbert Goulden and Doris Goulden. He was educated at King Edward VII School, Sheffield and Queen’s College, University of Oxford (BA 1st Cl. Hons History, 1962), later taking a PhD in Music at the University of Durham (2013). In 1962 he married Diana Margaret Elizabeth Waite, having one son and one daughter.
Goulden joined the Diplomatic Service in 1962, and served in the following posts: Ankara, 1963-67; Manila [Philippines], 1969-70; Dublin [Ireland], 1976-79; Head of Personnel Services Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1980-82; Head of News Department, FCO, 1982-84; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Office of the UK Permanent Representative to EEC, Brussels [Belgium], 1984-87; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1988-92; Ambassador to Turkey, 1992-95; Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to North Atlantic Council and to Permanent Council of Western European Union, 1995-2001.
Language of Materials
Goulden, Sir Peter John, b 1941, Knight, diplomat
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