Who’s Sir Simon McDonald? Head of the Diplomatic Service and long-serving civil servant on the FCO

Who’s Sir Simon McDonald? Head of the Diplomatic Service and long-serving civil servant on the FCO

THE UK’s International Workplace is answerable for defending and selling British pursuits world wide. Though headed by the International Secr

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THE UK’s International Workplace is answerable for defending and selling British pursuits world wide.

Though headed by the International Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a lot of the International Workplace’s work is performed by its Everlasting Beneath Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Sir Simon McDonald.

Sir Simon McDonald is probably the most senior civil servant serving underneath Jeremy Hunt within the International Workplace
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Who’s Sir Simon McDonald?

Sir Simon McDonald is the Everlasting Beneath Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service on the International and Commonwealth Workplace.

Sir Simon joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and has served in Berlin, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bonn, Washington and Tel Aviv, and in a variety of jobs in London.

Earlier than taking on his present position, Sir Simon served because the British Ambassador to Berlin from 2010 to 2015.

He was the Prime Minister’s International Coverage Adviser and Head of International and Defence Coverage within the Cupboard Workplace 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.

Boris Johnson options within the new BBC documentary ‘Contained in the International Workplace’
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What does the Everlasting Beneath-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service do?

The Everlasting Beneath Secretary is answerable for advising the International Secretary and the ministerial crew on international coverage, and for managing the FCO.

He chairs the FCO Board and can also be Head of the Diplomatic Service.


A 3-part BBC documentary ‘Contained in the International Workplace’ lays naked the day-to-day working of one of many UK’s largest Grand Places of work of State.

Civil servants, most notable Sir Simon, are proven grappling with the difficulties of Brexit negotiations worldwide, a activity he describes as “the largest factor we have now ever undertaken in peacetime”.

McDonald is seen telling senior diplomats that the Brexit “course is ready” and that these attempting to cease Brexit are on a “failing course”.

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