Sir Peter Westmacott was British Ambassador to the United States from January 2012 until January 2016. He then spent a semester at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Westmacott was British Ambassador to France from 2007-2012 and to Turkey from 2002-2006. His 43-year diplomatic career included four years in Iran before the 1979 revolution and a secondment to the European Commission in Brussels. He was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Director Americas from 1997-2000 and Deputy Under Secretary of State for the Wider World from 2000-2001. From 1990-1993, he was Deputy Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales.
He is now a Senior Advisor at Chatham House, a Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow of the Atlantic Council, Chairman of Tikehau Capital UK and of the International Advisory Board of Tikehau Capital, a Non-Executive Director of We.Soda Ltd, Volex Plc and Glasswall Holdings and an Advisory Director of Campbell Lutyens Ltd.
He is the author of They Call It Diplomacy: Forty Years of Representing Britain Abroad, published by Head of Zeus in February 2021.