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Key People

Dr John Hemery OBE

Dr John Hemery is the founder and Chairman of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies. He was educated at Dartmouth College in the United States, and as a postgraduate at both Oxford and Cambridge. After an academic career in international relations he developed for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office a major programme of diplomatic training and parliamentary exchange for the new governments of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia emerging after 1989. Since then he has designed and directed more than three hundred specialist courses for politicians, officials and civil society organisations in forty countries, concentrating latterly on programmes of preparation for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and of training for the European External Action Service.

Dr Rachel Aron

Dr Rachel Aron spent over 25 years as a senior British diplomat with experience of top level policy-making and corporate leadership in Whitehall and abroad, including as British Ambassador to Belgium (2007-10). She is a highly qualified and experienced Executive Coach accredited to Ashridge Business School and works with a range of public and private sector clients. Her earlier diplomatic assignments included political postings in New York where she was the UK Representative on all UN Security Council Sanctions Committees and Brasilia where she was Head of Chancery at the British Embassy. She was also FCO Chair of the Civil Service Selection Board and a long-serving assessor at FCO Assessment and Development Centres for promotion to the Senior Management Structure of the FCO.

Sir Dominic Asquith

Sir Dominic Asquith joined the Diplomatic Service in 1983, serving in Damascus, Muscat, Washington DC, Buenos Aires and Riyadh before being appointed Deputy Special Representative and then Deputy Head of Mission in Iraq in 2004. He was Director of the Iraq Directorate at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2004–06, and Ambassador to Iraq in 2006–7. He was Ambassador to Egypt in 2007–11 before and during the revolutions of the Arab Spring. he served then in Libya, first as UK Special Representative, then as Ambassador, in 2011–12. He now is an independent consultant on Middle Eastern and wider diplomatic issues.

Karel de Beer

Karel de Beer retired in March 2012 from the Netherlands Foreign Service as Chairman of the 31 country International Taskforce on The Holocaust. He served in Prague, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Nairobi before becoming Head of the Multilateral Development Co-operation Department in the Ministry. He was then Minister Plenipotentiary in New Delhi, Ambassador in Lusaka, Deputy Secretary General in the Ministry 2000-2005, and from 2005-2008 Ambassador in Ottawa. From 2008 -2011 he was Director General of the Ministry responsible for Organizational Reforms.

Ian Boag

Ian Boag read modern languages at Oxford University. In 1967 he joined the Foreign Office, studied at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies and was posted in Dubai and Milan. He joined the European Commission (Directorate General for Development) in 1974. From 1985-87 he was a member of the Cabinet of Claude Cheysson, Commissioner for North-South Relations. He was Head of the Commission Delegation in Morocco (1987-91) and Brazil (1991-94). He returned to Brussels in the Directorate General for External Relations, heading Units responsible for the management of the Commission’s Delegations. He was Head of Delegation in Egypt (2001-04) and in Ukraine (2004-08). He again returned to Brussels with responsibilities for the management of Delegations. He headed the inter-institutional task force managing the early establishment of the EEAS.

Sir Colin Budd

Sir Colin Budd served in Warsaw, Islamabad and Bonn before becoming chef de cabinet to Sir Leon Brittan when Trade Commissioner and Vice-President of the European Commission. He was Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Head of the Overseas and Defence Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, Director General for the EU and Economic Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, , and Chair of the Executive Committee of the OECD. From 2001 to 2005 he was British Ambassador to The Hague. He is now a Board member of LSE IDEAS, a member of the QC Selection Panel of the Bar Council, and delivers with John Hemery training in political work and political negotiation, as well as other programmes of diplomatic and EU training.

Georgina Butler

Georgina Butler was British Ambassador to Costa Rica and Nicaragua from 2002 to 2006. She joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968, serving in Paris, Delhi, Havana, Washington, at the Permanent Representation of the UK to the EU in Brussels and at the United Nations in New York. At the Foreign and Commonwealth she was successively Deputy Head of the Information Department and, following a family career break, of the Latin America and Caribbean Department. She served also in the European Commission, Directorate General Development, and as Information Correspondent at the Commission Representation in London. She became British Consul General in Tangier until her retirement in 2010.

Anthony Cary

Anthony Cary served as the British High Commissioner in Canada from 2007 to 2010. He was British Ambassador to Stockholm in 2003-06 and chef de cabinet to Chris Patten. He is now Executive Director of a partnership between Queen’s University in Ontario and Blyth Education which enables students to earn University credits on courses offered in many different international settings. He is also a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner, and Hon President of the Canada-UK Colloquium.

Sir Edward Clay

Sir Edward Clay served as High Commissioner in Kenya (2001-5), Cyprus (1999-2001) and Uganda. Between 1997-9 he was a Director in the FCO responsible for consular, visa, information and news, cultural and parliamentary work, and for managing the FCO’s relationships with the British Council, BBC World Service and the Wilton Park Conference Centre. He has otherwise spent his career in Eastern and Southern Europe (twice in Cyprus), and Eastern Africa (including twice in Kenya). In London, he has spent most time on international security and human resources. He is particularly interested in development issues, and their relationship to governance. He is a co-director of the FCO’s principal programme of training in policy and political work for British diplomats and other government officials.

Sir Brian Crowe

As a British diplomat Sir Brian Crowe headed the Policy Planning Staff in the FCO, Policy Co-ordination in the UK Permanent Representation in Brussels, and one of the FCO’s European Community Departments before becoming Economic Minister in the British Embassy in Washington DC (during which time he helped to create the British American Business Association), Ambassador to Austria, and then Deputy Under Secretary of State and Economic Director. Between 1994 and 2002 he was Director-General for External and (latterly) Politico-Military Affairs in the Council of the European Union, with responsibility for developing the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and, from its inception in 1999, the creation of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) and the mechanisms to deliver it. From 2004 to 2009 he was Vice-Chairman of the Royal institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.

John Dauth

John Dauth was Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2012. He was previously Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand (2006-08). Prior to this he was Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (2001-06) and Deputy Secretary in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (1998 – 2001). He has previously been Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia (1993 – 96), Consul-General, Australian Consulate-General, Noumea (1986 – 87), Chargé d’Affaires, Australian Embassy, Tehran (1983-85), First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Islamabad (1974-76) and Third (later Second) Secretary, Australian Embassy Lagos (1970 – 72). From 1977 – 1980, Mr Dauth worked on secondment to Buckingham Palace as Assistant Press Secretary to HM the Queen and Press Secretary to HRH the Prince of Wales.

Jim Flavin

Jim Flavin was Ambassador Protocol Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2003-04 during Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Prior to that he was Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary to Hungary, Bulgaria and Moldova from 1999-2002 and to India, Bangladeshm Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore from 1995-99. He was Counsellor for External Economic Relations at the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU in 1991-95. Since retiring from the Irish Diplomatic Service he has designed and presented courses on topics related to the EU and contributed to CPDS’s programmes of training in preparation for the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

David Gowan CMG

David Gowan was British Ambassador in Belgrade from 2003-2006 and Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow from 2000-2003. He was Kosovo War Crimes Co-ordinator in the FCO in 1999. His earlier career included postings in Moscow, Brasilia and Helsinki. In the UK he had two attachments to the Cabinet Office. He has experience of managing democratic reform and good governance programmes (through the Know How Fund), commercial work and crisis management. He is a Guest Member of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Claudia Hamill

Claudia Hamill has been working with the EU institutions for over twenty years, familiarising business leaders with the EU, and headed the Secretariat of a European Parliament All Party Intergroupe. From 1992-2000 she was European and Overseas Director of The National Trust working closely with the EU institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg. After that she developed and directed a programme preparing EU Accession Countries’ MPs to become MEPs. She is a Koenigswinter Conference participant and Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar. She is a Trustee of the Citizenship Foundation, and was elected to the Council of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in 2003. She is Director of the Arlon Foundation in Brussels.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry

Sir Emyr Jones Parry served in Ottawa, Brussels and Madrid before becoming Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to NATO and subsequently Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 2003–2007, including the period of the UK Presidency of the EU 2005. In the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he was successively Head of the European Community Department (External), Deputy Political Director, Director European Union (during the UK Presidency 1998, with overall responsibility for policy, co-ordination and organisation), and Political Director. He also has been Deputy Head of the Office of the President of the European Parliament. He was Chair of the Open University Business School’s International Advisory Board until 2012 and is currently President of Aberystwyth University.

Dr Rolf Kaiser

Dr Rolf Kaiser served from July 2005 until June 2008 as German Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus. He spent 18 years of his career at the German Chancellor’s Office (Bundeskanzleramt), serving Chancellors Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl in government organisation, crisis management and planning. From 1990 until 1995, he was Chancellor Kohl’s head of division for EU economic and financial policy, and a member of the German Maastricht negotiating team. Intermittent foreign assignments led him to the German Embassies London and Budapest, to the OECD Paris (heading the “centre of government activity”, a best practice network for chiefs of staff of OECD Member Presidencies, Prime Minister’s Offices, Cabinet Offices etc.) as well as to Brussels where he served from 1996 to 1999 at DG ECFIN as the European Commission’s coordinator for the “Changeover of national administrations to the single currency”. From 1999 until 2002 he served as Head of the German Foreign Office’s European Policy Coordination Group and as Chairman of the EU coordinators’ group of German line Ministries.

Anthony Layden CMG

Anthony Layden was British Ambassador to Morocco from 1999-2002, and to Libya from 2002-2006, during the period of Libya’s re-emergence in international affairs. Prior to his concentration on North African affairs he had been Counsellor in Copenhagen and Head of the FCO’s Western European Department. He was also elected Chair of the FCO’s First Division Association. Latterly, he has managed the UK’s programme of Deportation with Assurances.

Dr Lars-Erik Lundin

Lars-Erik Lundin was EU Ambassador to the International Organisations in Vienna 2009-11 and Head of the European Commission Delegation to the International Organisations from 2007-09. He was Deputy Political Director of the European Commission 2006-07 and Head of Security Policy in the External Relations Directorate of the European Commission 2005-06. He was previously Ambassador in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. His previous postings include Helsinki and Luanda. He holds a Ph.D. in political science (International relations). Since his retirement in 2011 he is a senior fellow at the Swedish National Defence College, and at the Institute for Security and Development Policy.

Pamela Major

Pamela Major is a professional accredited coach and a trainer and HR consultant. She was for many years a member of HM Diplomatic Service, with postings in Beijing, Moscow and Berlin. She has also served in senior HR positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She was educated at Oxford University and completed a diploma in interpreting and translating at Bradford University and an MA in Employment Law at Leicester University. She now works as a coach, for both individuals and corporations, and delivers training on coaching, resilience and, with CPDS, on diplomatic skills.

Sir David Manning

Sir David Manning was Foreign Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister and Head of the Defence and Overseas Secretariat between 2001 and 2003, and British Ambassador to the United States of America from 2003 to 2007. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1972, serving in Warsaw (1974-77), New Delhi (1977-80), Paris (1984-88), Moscow (1990-93, Head of Chancery), and as Ambassador to Israel (1995-98) and Permanent Representative at NATO (2001). At the FCO he served as Head of Eastern Department, Head of the Policy Planning Staff and as Deputy Under-Secretary for Defence and Intelligence. He is a Non-Executive Director of the Lloyds TSB Group, and of the BG Group. In 2009 he joined the Royal Household as Advisor to TRH Prince William and Prince Henry.

Una O’Dwyer

Dr O’Dwyer was for ten years, 1999-2009, Head of the Co-decision and Conciliation Unit, European Commission, and (from 2004) Secretary of the Groupe des relations inter-institutionelles (GRI), with responsibility for preparing for the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty. She served for ten years in the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, including a spell as Antici in the Permanent Representation during the Irish Presidency of the Council in 1979, and chairing from the capital in the 1984 Presidency. She joined the Secretariat General of European Commission in 1986, rising to become Head of Unit in 1999, responsible for managing the new co-decision procedure under the Amsterdam Treaty. 

John O’Toole

John O’Toole is Director of the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman of Ireland. From 2006 – 2011 he was Senior Adviser and Head of External Relations and Partnerships at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Prior to ECDC he was the Health Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union and was centrally involved in the design and delivery of the Irish EU Health Presidency in 2004. He has served also in the Ministry of Finance. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Analysis, and studied at the French Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He has provided EU Presidency training in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Finland, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary and Poland.

Sir Tom Phillips

Sir Tom Phillips retired from the FCO in July 2012, following a distinguished career of senior policy work in Whitehall, and with international organisations and foreign governments. He has been involved in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction in the Middle East, the Balkans, Africa, South Asia and Afghanistan. He served as High Commissioner to Uganda (2000-02), British Ambassador to Israel (2006-10) and to Saudi Arabia (2010-12). He served also as Counsellor External Affairs and Joint Intelligence Committee Representative at the British Embassy in Washington (1993-97). In London, he was Head of East Adriatic Department (1997-99), Director South Asia and UK Special Representative Afghanistan (2002-06).

Dame Anne Pringle

Dame Anne Pringle was Ambassador to Russia from 2008-2011. She served as Director for Strategy in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a member of the FCO Board from 2004-2007. Prior to that she spent three years as Ambassador to the Czech Republic helping to prepare the ground for its accession to the European Union. Her earlier career with the FCO included several EU jobs in Brussels and in London. She was responsible for policy towards Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States from 1998-2001. After 35 years with the FCO Anne is now embarking on an independent portfolio career covering a range of public and private sector interests plus academia.

Michael Roberts CVO

Michael Roberts is a consultant and former diplomat. From 2011-12 he led an international consultancy team, offering policy advice on democratisation and governance to the Government of Kazakhstan. He was First Secretary in the UK Permanent Representation to the EU leading the UK government’s engagement with the European Parliament. He has served as Deputy Head of the European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office (1999-2003) and Deputy Head of Mission, Ankara (2004-07). From 2007-2010 he was British Ambassador to Slovakia.

Sir Colin Shepherd

Sir Colin Shepherd is Director of Parliamentary Studies. After service in the Royal Canadian Navy, he was for twenty-three years a Member of the Westminster Parliament. He chaired a number of parliamentary and party committees and is an expert on effective parliamentary practice. He became chairman of the International Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and is active in helping to strengthen parliaments in a number of developing countries.

Serena Hemery

Managing Director

Serena Hemery is Managing Director of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies. After taking First Class Honours in Business Administration, she has held posts as a financial analyst in the emerging markets group at JP Morgan, and as a trading analyst at ConocoPhillips. At CPDS she has command of the planning, budget, mobilisation and logistics of programmes conducted both in the United Kingdom and abroad.