John Holmes

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"Formerly: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations, New York (2007-2010); Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1973-2007): HM Ambassador, France (2001-2007); HM Ambassador, Portugal (1999-2001); Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-1999); Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) and diplomatic adviser to Prime Minister John Major (1996-1997); Head, European Union Department (External) (1995); Political, then Economic and Commercial, Counsellor, New Delhi (1991-1995); Secondment to Thomas De La Rue (1989-1991); Assistant Head, Soviet Department (1987-1989); First Secretary (Economic and European issues), Paris (1984-1987); Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary (Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America) (1982-1984). Near East and North Africa Department (1978-1982); Third Secretary, then Second Secretary, Moscow (1976-1978)...

"Education: Preston Grammar School (1962-9); Balliol College, Oxford (1969-73)." [1]


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  1. Ditchley Foundation Staff, organizational web page, accessed April 12, 2013.
  2. Plan UK People, organizational web page, accessed December 21, 2014.