H. E. Sir Peter Westmacott, , Ambassador of United Kingdom

His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott

United Kingdom Ambassador to the United States

Friday, October 23, 2015
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 

Jefferson Hall (Hotel C)
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Saint Basil's Cathedral

The University of Virginia Center for Politics in partnership with the International Residential College will host a public event featuring His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott, Ambassador of the United KIngdom to the United States.

Prior to his posting in the US, Peter served as Ambassador to France, and Ambassador to Turkey; spending most of his career working in or on the non-Arab Middle East (Iran and Turkey), Western Europe, and the Americas. After a year in Middle East Department, and Persian language training, he was posted to Tehran in 1974. In 1978 he was loaned to the European Commission in Brussels, before his first posting to Paris from 1980 to 1984. After 3 years as Chief of Staff to successive Ministers of State in London, he went to Ankara in 1987, for the first of his two diplomatic postings to Turkey. From 1990 to 1993, he was Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales. From 1993 to 1997, Peter was Counsellor for Political and Public Affairs in Washington, before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Director, Americas. He joined the Board of the FCO in 2000 as Deputy Under Secretary and returned to Ankara as Ambassador in 2002. Peter moved to Paris in 2007 where he served as Ambassador to France until the end of 2011. He presented his credentials to President Obama as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States on Wednesday 18 January 2012. Peter married Susie Nemazee in 2001. Between them they have four grown up children, Oliver, Laura, Rupert and Safieh

For more information about this event, contact Daman Irby at irby@virginia.edu or (434) 243-8475.