Mr Simon Paul Collis has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq.
He will succeed Mr Michael Aron who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Collis will take up his appointment at the end of June 2012.
Mr Collis joined the FCO in 1978 and after studying Arabic has served mainly in the Middle East. His most recent postings have been as Her Majesty's Consul General in Dubai and in Basra, and Her Majesty's Ambassador in Doha and in Damascus. He left Syria on the withdrawal of remaining staff in February 2012, and was declared persona non grata by the Syrian regime in June 2012.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, Mr Collis has said "I am honoured to be appointed Ambassador to Iraq and look forward to returning there. I will do my best to work with the Government and people of Iraq to strengthen relations between our countries.
At a time of change in the region and in the wider world there are many challenges and opportunities across political, economic, security and cultural fields where both countries can benefit from working more closely together in pursuit of our shared interests and objectives.
I believe that success in these endeavours must be rooted in a sound appreciation of our historical links while remaining firmly focused on building the future. I am very happy to have been afforded this opportunity to contribute to that exciting and valuable work."
|Full name:||Simon Paul Collis|
|Married to:||Huda Mujarkech|
|Children:||Five adult children|
|October 2007 – Present||Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Damascus|
|2005 – 2007||Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Doha|
|2004 – 2005||Basra, Consul General|
|2000 – 2004||Dubai, Consul General|
|1999 – 2000||Secondment to BP|
|1996 – 1999||Amman, Deputy Head of Mission|
|1994 – 1996||FCO, Deputy Head, Near East & North Africa Dept|
|1991 – 1994||New Delhi, First Secretary|
|1990 – 1991||FCO, Gulf War Emergency Unit|
|1988 – 1990||Tunis, Deputy Head of Mission|
|1987 – 1988||FCO, Head of India Section, South Asia Department|
|1986||UKMis New York, Temporary Duty|
|1984 – 1986||FCO, Middle East Spokesman, News Department|
|1981 – 1984||Bahrain, Second Secretary|
|1980 – 1981||Full Time Arabic Language Training|
|1978 – 1979||FCO, Desk Officer, Southern European Department|