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Sherard Cowper-Coles

Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-ColesKCMG LVO (born 8 January 1955) is a British former diplomat. He was the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009–2010. After leaving the Foreign Office, he worked briefly for BAE Systems as international business development director. He left BAE Systems in 2013 and is now a Senior Adviser to the Group chairman and the Group Chief Executive of HSBC.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
British Ambassador to Afghanistan
In office
2007–2009
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byStephen Evans
Succeeded byMark Sedwill
British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
In office
2003–2006
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded bySir Derek Plumbly
Succeeded bySir William Patey
British Ambassador to Israel
In office
2001–2003
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byFrancis Cornish
Succeeded bySimon McDonald
Personal details
Born (1955-01-08)8 January 1955 (age 66)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Spouse(s)Bridget Mary Elliott
Alma materHertford College, Oxford
OccupationDiplomat

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Sherard Cowper-Coles is the son of Sherard Hamilton Cowper-Coles and Dorothy (née Short). His grandfather, the metallurgist Sherard Osborn Cowper-Coles, was the son of naval inventor Captain Cowper Phipps Coles. He was educated at Freston Lodge School, New Beacon School, Tonbridge School and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read classics.

In 1982, he married Bridget Mary Elliott. Her father was Neil Elliott, a prominent land agent whose brother was the actor Denholm Elliott and whose father had been assassinated while serving as Solicitor-General to the Mandatory Government of Palestine in 1933 and who was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Jerusalem. The couple have four sons, Henry Sherard, Rupert Neil, Frederick Peter and Myles Philip, and one daughter, Minna Louise.

In 2011, he divorced Bridget Mary Elliott and married Jasmine Zerinini, a French diplomat, in 2012. They have a daughter, Louise Elizabeth.

Cowper-Coles entered the diplomatic service in 1977. He was Third Secretary and later Second Secretary in Cairo, 1980–83, First Secretary in the Planning Staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1983–85; Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-secretary of State, 1985–87, First Secretary in Washington, 1987–91, Assistant in the Security Policy Department of the FCO, 1991–93, Resident Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1993–94; Head of the Hong Kong Department of the FCO, 1994–97, Political Counsellor in Paris, 1997-99; Principal Private Secretary to Robin Cook, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1999–2001.

His first role as a head of mission was in Tel Aviv as the British Ambassador to Israel from 2001-03. He was next appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, a post that he held until 2006. From 15 May 2007 until April 2009 he served as Ambassador to Afghanistan in Kabul.

In February 2009 it was announced that he would be taking up a new role as special representative of the UK Foreign Secretary to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He attracted controversy in October 2008 when a leaked French diplomatic cable suggested he had been sharply critical of Karzai and US policy. While insisting Britain should support the US, he was quoted as saying: "We should tell them that we want to be part of a winning strategy, not a losing one."

This memo leak occurred the same week another additional memo was leaked concerning fellow British ambassador, Sir Nigel Sheinwald's comments with regard to United States Senator Barack Obama. Both leaks concerned foreign policy and occurred in the final weeks of the 2008 US presidential election.

In early 2010 it was reported that he clashed with senior NATO and US officials over his insistence that the military-driven counter-insurgency effort was headed for failure, and that talks with the Taliban should be prioritised.

On 21 June 2010, the British high commission announced he had taken "extended leave" from his position in Afghanistan. Following comments from the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, it appeared unlikely he would return to the post.

In 2011, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles became BAE Systems' international business development director, focusing on the Middle East and south-east Asia. He is a committee member of the Saudi-British Society.

His appointment at BAE caused some controversy, since he is thought to have "had a profound effect" on the decision by Robert Wardle, then director of the UK's Serious Fraud Office, to end an investigation into BAE's allegedly corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia.

In 2013 and 2014 he participated in the Bilderberg Conferences.

Cowper-Coles was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1991 and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1997 Birthday Honours and a Knight Commander of the Order in the 2004 Birthday Honours.

  • (2012) Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West's Afghanistan Campaign
  • (2013) Ever the Diplomat: Confessions of a Foreign Office Mandarin
  1. The Times 8 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010
  2. Cowper-Coles, Sir Sherard (Louis), in Who's Who 2008 (London, A. & C. Black, 2008)
  3. "Obituary Neil Elliott". The Daily Telegraph. 14 April 2003. Retrieved5 September 2016.
  4. Sherard Cowper-Coles & Jasmine Zerinini
  5. "Holbrooke on key Pakistan visit". BBC News. 9 February 2009.
  6. [1]"British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed, according to leaked memo"
  7. Harnden, Toby (2 October 2008). "Exclusive: Barack Obama is 'aloof' says British ambassador to US". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 3 October 2008.
  8. Boone, Jon; Walsh, Declan (21 June 2010). "UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits". The Guardian. London.
  9. "Straight-talking UK envoy's future in doubt". BBC News. 23 June 2010.
  10. Webb, Tim (18 February 2011). "BAE Systems hires Britain's former envoy to Saudi Arabia". The Guardian. London. Retrieved14 March 2011.
  11. "COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE SAUDI–BRITISH SOCIETY". Saudi-British Society.
  12. Hope, Christopher (12 March 2011). "Revelations in BAE Saudi case prompt inquiry call". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved14 March 2011.
  13. London Gazette, 11 June 1991, page 8957
  14. London Gazette Supplement, 14 June 1997, page B3.

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Sherard Cowper Coles Language Watch Edit Sir Sherard Louis Cowper Coles KCMG LVO ˈ ʃ ɛr er d l w iː ˈ k uː p er ˈ k oʊ l z born 8 January 1955 1 is a British former diplomat He was the Foreign Secretary s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009 2010 After leaving the Foreign Office he worked briefly for BAE Systems as international business development director He left BAE Systems in 2013 and is now a Senior Adviser to the Group chairman and the Group Chief Executive of HSBC Sir Sherard Cowper Coles KCMG LVOBritish Ambassador to AfghanistanIn office 2007 2009MonarchElizabeth IIPrime MinisterGordon BrownPreceded byStephen EvansSucceeded byMark SedwillBritish Ambassador to Saudi ArabiaIn office 2003 2006MonarchElizabeth IIPrime MinisterTony BlairPreceded bySir Derek PlumblySucceeded bySir William PateyBritish Ambassador to IsraelIn office 2001 2003MonarchElizabeth IIPrime MinisterTony BlairPreceded byFrancis CornishSucceeded bySimon McDonaldPersonal detailsBorn 1955 01 08 8 January 1955 age 66 London EnglandNationalityBritishSpouse s Bridget Mary ElliottAlma materHertford College OxfordOccupationDiplomat Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Diplomatic career 3 Post diplomatic career 4 Honours 5 Published works 6 References 7 External linksEarly life and education EditSherard Cowper Coles is the son of Sherard Hamilton Cowper Coles and Dorothy nee Short His grandfather the metallurgist Sherard Osborn Cowper Coles was the son of naval inventor Captain Cowper Phipps Coles He was educated at Freston Lodge School New Beacon School Tonbridge School and Hertford College Oxford 2 where he read classics In 1982 he married Bridget Mary Elliott Her father was Neil Elliott a prominent land agent whose brother was the actor Denholm Elliott and whose father had been assassinated while serving as Solicitor General to the Mandatory Government of Palestine in 1933 and who was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery Jerusalem 3 The couple have four sons Henry Sherard Rupert Neil Frederick Peter and Myles Philip and one daughter Minna Louise 2 In 2011 he divorced Bridget Mary Elliott and married Jasmine Zerinini a French diplomat in 2012 They have a daughter Louise Elizabeth 4 Diplomatic career EditCowper Coles entered the diplomatic service in 1977 He was Third Secretary and later Second Secretary in Cairo 1980 83 First Secretary in the Planning Staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1983 85 Private Secretary to the Permanent Under secretary of State 1985 87 First Secretary in Washington 1987 91 Assistant in the Security Policy Department of the FCO 1991 93 Resident Associate International Institute for Strategic Studies 1993 94 Head of the Hong Kong Department of the FCO 1994 97 Political Counsellor in Paris 1997 99 Principal Private Secretary to Robin Cook the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1999 2001 2 His first role as a head of mission was in Tel Aviv as the British Ambassador to Israel from 2001 03 He was next appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh a post that he held until 2006 From 15 May 2007 until April 2009 he served as Ambassador to Afghanistan in Kabul 2 In February 2009 it was announced that he would be taking up a new role as special representative of the UK Foreign Secretary to Afghanistan and Pakistan 5 He attracted controversy in October 2008 when a leaked French diplomatic cable suggested he had been sharply critical of Karzai and US policy While insisting Britain should support the US he was quoted as saying We should tell them that we want to be part of a winning strategy not a losing one 6 This memo leak occurred the same week another additional memo was leaked concerning fellow British ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald s comments with regard to United States Senator Barack Obama Both leaks concerned foreign policy and occurred in the final weeks of the 2008 US presidential election 7 In early 2010 it was reported that he clashed with senior NATO and US officials over his insistence that the military driven counter insurgency effort was headed for failure and that talks with the Taliban should be prioritised 8 On 21 June 2010 the British high commission announced he had taken extended leave from his position in Afghanistan 8 Following comments from the Foreign Secretary William Hague it appeared unlikely he would return to the post 9 Post diplomatic career EditIn 2011 Sir Sherard Cowper Coles became BAE Systems international business development director focusing on the Middle East and south east Asia 10 He is a committee member of the Saudi British Society 11 His appointment at BAE caused some controversy since he is thought to have had a profound effect on the decision by Robert Wardle then director of the UK s Serious Fraud Office to end an investigation into BAE s allegedly corrupt dealings with Saudi Arabia 12 In 2013 and 2014 he participated in the Bilderberg Conferences Honours EditCowper Coles was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order LVO in 1991 13 and made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMG in the 1997 Birthday Honours 14 and a Knight Commander of the Order in the 2004 Birthday Honours Published works Edit 2012 Cables from Kabul The Inside Story of the West s Afghanistan Campaign 2013 Ever the Diplomat Confessions of a Foreign Office MandarinReferences Edit The Times 8 January 2010 Retrieved 9 January 2010 a b c d Cowper Coles Sir Sherard Louis in Who s Who 2008 London A amp C Black 2008 Obituary Neil Elliott The Daily Telegraph 14 April 2003 Retrieved 5 September 2016 Sherard Cowper Coles amp Jasmine Zerinini Holbrooke on key Pakistan visit BBC News 9 February 2009 1 British envoy says mission in Afghanistan is doomed according to leaked memo Harnden Toby 2 October 2008 Exclusive Barack Obama is aloof says British ambassador to US The Daily Telegraph London Archived from the original on 3 October 2008 a b Boone Jon Walsh Declan 21 June 2010 UK special envoy to Afghanistan who called for talks with Taliban quits The Guardian London Straight talking UK envoy s future in doubt BBC News 23 June 2010 Webb Tim 18 February 2011 BAE Systems hires Britain s former envoy to Saudi Arabia The Guardian London Retrieved 14 March 2011 COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE SAUDI BRITISH SOCIETY Saudi British Society Hope Christopher 12 March 2011 Revelations in BAE Saudi case prompt inquiry call The Daily Telegraph London Retrieved 14 March 2011 London Gazette 11 June 1991 page 8957 London Gazette Supplement 14 June 1997 page B3 External links EditTelegraph report of appointment to Kabul dead link Kabul embassy biography Haaretz interview Robert Fisk column about Sherard Cowper ColesDiplomatic postsPreceded by Sir John Grant Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary 1999 2001 Succeeded by Simon McDonaldPreceded by Francis Cornish British Ambassador to Israel 2001 2003Preceded by Sir Derek Plumbly British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 2003 2006 Succeeded by Sir William PateyPreceded by Stephen Evans British Ambassador to Afghanistan 2007 2009 Succeeded by Mark SedwillRetrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sherard Cowper Coles amp oldid 1032240211, wikipedia, wiki, book, books, library,

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