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Transcript of interview: Tim Dowse, 2020

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 196

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2020


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

Tim Dowse was born on 18 December 1955. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1978 and his diplomatic career has included: UN Department, Foreign Office, 1978–80; 3rd, later 2nd Secretary, Manila [Philippines], 1980-82; Israeli language training, 1982-83; 1st Secretary and Press Officer, Tel Aviv, 1983-86; Economic Relations Department (ERD), Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1986-88; Southern Africa Department; FCO, and Resident Clerk, 1988-90; Deputy Head, Gulf War Political/Military Emergency Unit, FCO, 1991; Assistant Head, Non-Proliferation and Defence Department, FCO, 1991-92; Secondment to US State Department, Washington DC [United States], 1992; 1st Secretary Chancery, British Embassy Washington DC, 1992-96; Higher Command and Staff Course, JSSC Camberley, 1997; Deputy Chief of the Assessments Staff, Cabinet Office 1997-98; Head of Defence, Diplomacy and Intelligence Spending team, HM Treasury, 1999-2000; Head of Non-Proliferation (latterly Counter-Proliferation) Department, FCO, 2001-03; Chief of the Assessments Staff (latterly Director, Central Intelligence Assessment), Cabinet Office, Member of the JIC, 2003-09; Director, Intelligence and National Security, FCO, 2009-11; Director, International Cyber Policy, FCO, 2011-12; Foreign Secretary’s Intelligence Adviser, FCO, 2012-18.

Tim Dowse married Vivien Life in 1989. They have two daughters.


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