Sir Simon Gass has been the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Afghan Transition since August 2021. He has also been the Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee since June 2019.
Previously, he was the Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies.
Sir Simon was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Political Director from 2012 to 2015, where he was responsible for policy on the Middle East, Russia, Africa, South and Central Asia, the United Nations and other international institutions.
Before that he held a range of policy and senior management posts within the FCO, including NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan and British Ambassador to Iran and Greece.