British Diplomatic Oral History Programme
The British Diplomatic Oral History Programme records the recollections of former diplomats. Through these oral histories, which are conserved at the Churchill Archives Centre, the Programme aims to go behind the official documents to explore how diplomats experienced significant events as well as providing valuable insights into the daily workings of diplomacy. Highlighted here are the transcripts of oral history recordings with former diplomats.
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Transcript of interview: Sir David Reddaway
- DOHP 213
- 2022 (creation)
- David Reddaway was born 26 April 1953, the son of George Frank Norman Reddaway, CBE and Jean Reddaway, OBE (née Brett). He was educated at Oundle School (Scholar.) and Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (Exhibitioner; MA History). In 1981 he married (1st), Roshan Taliyeh Firouz (marriage dissolved 2019), having two sons and one daughter; and (2nd), 2020, Gabrielle O’Driscoll. Reddaway joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975 and his diplomatic career included: language student, SOAS, 1976 and Iran, 1977; Tehran: Third Secretary, later Second Secretary (Commercial), 1977–78; Second Secretary. later First Secretary (Chancery), 1978–80; First Secretary: (Chancery), Madrid [Spain], 1980–84; FCO, 1985–86; Private Secretary to Minister of State, 1986–88; (Chancery), New Delhi [India], 1988–90; Chargé d’Affaires, Tehran, 1990–93 (Counsellor, 1991); Minister, Buenos Aires [Argentina], 1993–97; Head, Southern European Department, FCO, 1997–99; Director, Public Services, FCO, 1999–2001; UK Special Representative for Afghanistan, 2002; Visiting Fellow, Harvard University, 2002–03; High Commissioner, Canada, 2003–06; Ambassador: to Ireland, 2006–09; to Turkey, 2009–14.
- British Diplomatic Oral History Programme