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John Sawers Edit Profile

also known as Sir Robert John Sawers

ambassador , British intelligence official

John Sawers, British intelligence official, former ambassador. Decorated Knight Commander, Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.


Sawers, John was born on July 26, 1955 in Warwickshire, England. Son of Colin Simon Hawkesley and Daphne Anne Sawers.


Bachelor of Science in Physics and Philosophy, University Nottingham, England, 1977. Student, University St. Andrews. Student, University Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.


Staff British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), 1977—1982, political officer Damascus, Syria, 1982—1984, dest officer European Union department London, 1984—1986, private secretary to minister of state, 1986—1987, principal private secretary to foreign secretary Douglas Hurd, 1993—1995, counsellor foreign & defense policy team, British Embassy Washington, 1996—1999, foreign affairs advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair London, 1999—2001, ambassador to Egypt Cairo, 2001—2003, United Kingdom special representative Baghdad, Iraq, 2003, political director Foreign & Commonwealth Office London, 2003—2007, British permanent representative to United Nations New York City, 2007—2009. International fellow Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995—1996. Chief British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), since 2009.


  • Other Interests

    Theater, hiking, tennis, bicycling.


Married Avril Helen Shelley Lamb, 1981. 3 children.

Colin Simon Hawkesley

Daphne Anne Sawers

Avril Helen Shelley Lamb