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Mr Simon Collis CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in succession to Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Collis will take up his appointment at the end of January 2015.
Mr Collis joined the FCO in 1978 and after studying Arabic has served mainly in the Middle East and South Asia. His first posting was to Bahrain. He has been British Ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Qatar. He was British Consul-General in Dubai and in Basra. He has also served in Tunis, New Delhi and Amman.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr Collis has said:
I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I look forward to working closely with the government of Saudi Arabia to build even stronger relations across the range of our already substantial shared interests. After serving in the Middle East for much of my diplomatic career, I also look forward to developing our engagement on regional issues at a time of significant challenges. There is much we can achieve together to build prosperity, enhance security and tackle global issues.
Simon Paul Collis CMG
2012 – 2014
Baghdad, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2007 – 2012
Damascus, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2005 – 2007
Doha, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2004 – 2005
Basra, Consul General
2000 – 2004
Dubai, Consul General
1999 – 2000
Secondment to BP
1996 – 1999
Amman, Deputy Head of Mission
1994 – 1996
FCO, Deputy Head, Near East & North Africa Department