Deputy Chairman, Chatham House; Adviser, Europe Programme
Simon Fraser


Simon Fraser is managing partner of Flint Global Ltd. Simon previously served as permanent secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and head of the UK Diplomatic Service from August 2010 to July 2015.

Prior to that Simon was permanent secretary at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also served as director general for Europe in the FCO and as chief of staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson.

He has also worked in the British embassies in Baghdad and Damascus, as political counsellor at the British embassy in Paris and as head of policy planning in the FCO.

Simon is visiting professor at King’s College London and an adjunct professor at Sciences Po.


  • Diplomacy
  • International trade and economy
  • European Union
  • Middle East
  • Leadership of organizations


2017 -Senior Adviser, Europe Programme, Chatham House
2016 - Deputy Chairman, Chatham House
2015 -Managing Partner, Flint Global Ltd.
2010-15Permanent Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Head of UK Diplomatic Service