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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain

Mr Simon Manley CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Spain, and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra.

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Simon Manley

Simon Manley

He will succeed Mr Giles Paxman CMG LVO. Mr Manley will take up his appointment during October 2013.

Mr Manley joined the FCO in 1990 and has worked on EU, UN and security issues, in London, Brussels and New York, including two secondments to the EU institutions. He was most recently Director Europe at the FCO.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, and non-resident Ambassador to Andorra, Mr Manley has said:

I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to serve the United Kingdom in these two beautiful countries. I look forward to working in Spain with one of our largest trading partners, a key ally within the EU and NATO, and holiday destination for, and home to, so many Britons.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Simon John Manley
Married to: Maria Isabel Fernandez Utgès Manley
Children: Three daughters
Period Post
2011 – 2013 FCO, Director Europe
2007 – 2011 FCO, Director Defence & Strategic Threats
2006 – 2007 FCO, Head, Counter Terrorism Policy Department
2003 – 2006 FCO, Head, EU Economic, Ireland & Central Europe Team
2002 – 2003 FCO, Head, EU (Internal) Department
1998 – 2002 Seconded to the EU Council Secretariat’s Asia Unit
1993 – 1998 New York, Second, later First Secretary (Political), UK Mission to the United Nations
1993 Seconded to DG Competition, European Commission
1990 – 1993 FCO, United Nations Department
1990 Joined FCO

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Published 19 June 2013