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date: 17 September 2019

Colvin, Kathryn Frances free

CVO 2002; FCIL

Born 11 Sept. 1945; d of Ernest Osborne and Frances Joy Osborne; m 1971, Prof. Brian Colvin

HM Diplomatic Service, retired; Special Representative of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, since 2015


Walthamstow Hall, Sevenoaks; Bristol Univ. (BA Hons 1967); Bordeaux Univ. (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures 1965)


FCIL (FIL 1968). Joined FO (later FCO), 1968; Res. Analyst, Western and Central Europe, 1968–94: Inf. Res. Dept, 1968–77; Res. Dept, 1977–94; Mem., UK Delegn to UN Commn on Human Rights, 1980–90; Temp. Duty as 1st Sec., Political, Rome, 1988 and 1991, and Paris, 1992; Deputy Head: OSCE Dept, 1994–95; Western Eur. Dept, 1995–98; Whitehall Liaison Dept, 1998–99; Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, and Head, Protocol Div., FCO, 1999–2002; Ambassador to the Holy See, 2002–05. Sen. Clerk to EU Foreign Affairs, Defence and Develt Policy Sub-Cttee, H of L, 2006–13. Mem., London Cttee, 2006–11, Trustee/Dir, 2007–16, Co-Chair, 2015–16, UN Women UK (formerly UNIFEM UK). Ind. Mem., Hons and Awards Cttee, Order of St John, 2007–. Officier, Légion d’Honneur (France), 1996


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