Sir Simon joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and has served in Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn, Washington and Tel Aviv, and in a wide range of jobs in London.
He took up his position as British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in October 2010. In that role he leads the embassy in Berlin and the 2 consulates-general in Düsseldorf and Munich. He had an earlier posting to Germany between 1988 and 1990 when he was at the British Embassy Bonn as Second Secretary (Economic).
Before becoming ambassador in Berlin, Sir Simon served as the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 to 2006 he was British Ambassador to Israel.
He was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George in 2014.
Recent media work
“Wachsam sein statt selbstgefällig”, Mannheimer Morgen, 16 June 2014
„Das Parlament erpresst den Rat“, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 7 June 2014
German TV programm Pelzig hält sich, 20 May 2014
Radio interview on modern diplomacy with Monocle 24, 22 February 2013
British Ambassador to Germany
The ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the embassy and its consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.