Updated: 22-Mar-2004 Who is who at NATO?


NATO Permanent Representative
of the United Kingdom

Sir Emyr Jones Parry

2001 -

Born 21 September 1947. Educated at Gwendraeth Grammar School. Attended University College Cardiff, where he read Theoretical Physics. Subsequently gained a PhD in Polymer Physics at St Catherine's College, Cambridge.

Joined the Foreign Office in 1973. First posting to the British High Commission in Ottawa as First Secretary (1974-79). Returned to the FCO to work in the European Community Department (Internal) for the period 1979-82. Posted to the Office of UK Representation to the European Community, Brussels as First Secretary (Energy) and then (Institutions) 1982-86. This was followed by a period as Deputy Head, Office of the President of the European Parliament (1987-89). Returned to the FCO as Head of European Community Department (External) (1989-93). His next overseas position was Minister, British Embassy Madrid (1993-96), followed by the post of Deputy Political Director in the FCO (1996-97) and 1997-98 Director (European Union, with overall responsibility for policy, co-ordination and organisation of the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union). From July 1998 - August 2001 he was the FCO Political Director. He took over as the UK Permanent Representative in September 2001.

Married to Lynn; two sons, Paul and Mark.

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