Michael Anthony Arthur

Michael Anthony Arthur
Sir Michael Arthur
British Ambassador to Germany
Assumed office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Peter Torry
British High Commissioner in India
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Rob Young
Succeeded by Sir Richard Stagg
Personal details
Born Michael Anthony Arthur
28 August 1950 (1950-08-28) (age 61)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Plaxy

Sir Michael Anthony Arthur KCMG (born 28 August 1950) is a British diplomat and has been the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Germany since 2007.[1] Previously, he was the UK's High Commissioner in New Delhi.



Arthur had previously worked in a number of positions within the Diplomatic Service, starting out in 1972 in the UK Mission to the United Nations, and moving in 1973 to the UK's Mission in Geneva working on the additional protocols to the Geneva Convention. Between 1981 and 1984, he was Private Secretary to the Lord Privy Seal and Minister of State in the Foreign Office, and in 1984 became First Secretary Political at the British Embassy in Bonn (then the administrative capital of West Germany). He was a Political Counselor at the Embassy in Paris from 1993 to 1997 and Deputy Head of Mission in Washington from 1999 to 2001.[1]

In 2001, Arthur was appointed Director General Europe and Economic at the Foreign Office and in 2003 succeeded Sir Rob Young as High Commissioner in New Delhi. He became Ambassador to Germany in 2007, succeeding Sir Peter Torry.[1]

Sir Michael is to retire from the Diplomatic Service in October 2010, and is to be succeeded in Berlin by Simon McDonald, former Ambassador to Israel and currently Head of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Cabinet Office.[2]

Personal life

Sir Michael is married to Plaxy Gillian Beatrice, and has four children.[1]

See also

  • British Embassy, Berlin


External links

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Peter Torry
British Ambassador to Germany
Succeeded by

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