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


Simon Fraser is Deputy Chairman of Chatham House and serves as Adviser to the Europe Programme. He is also Managing Partner of Flint Global. He previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Head of the UK Diplomatic Service from August 2010 to July 2015. Prior to that he was Permanent Secretary at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also served as Director General for Europe in the FCO; Chief of Staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson; political counsellor at the British embassy in Paris; and Head of Policy Planning in the FCO. He is currently Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po.

Areas of expertise

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

Past experience

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