David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick


David Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick

David Hugh Alexander Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick, GCMG, CH (born 28 September 1935) is a British diplomat.

He is married to Gillian Hannay and has four sons and eight grandchildren.

Hannay was born in London and educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1959, and was initially posted to positions in Tehran and Kabul.

Starting in 1965 and continuing into the early 1970s, he was an official representative of the government in discussions that led to the UK's 1973 entry into what became the European Union.

He held various positions in the foreign office in London during the 1970s and 1980s. He was a minister at the British Embassy in Washington, DC in 1984-1985, and was then promoted to ambassador and permanent representative to the European Economic Community from 1985 to 1990. He then spent the next five years as ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

Most recently he has taken on specialized roles such as Special Representative for Cyprus between 1996 and 2003 and a member of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, reporting to the Secretary-General in December 2004.

In 2001 he was created a life peer as Baron Hannay of Chiswick, of Bedford Park in the London Borough of Ealing and made pro-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham.

In 2003 he was made a Companion of Honour.

He is also the Chair of the United Nations Association UK.

External links

  • Biography from the Birmingham University website

Offices held

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
UK Permanent Representative to the European Union
1985–1990
Succeeded by
John Kerr, Baron Kerr of Kinlochard
Preceded by
Crispin Tickell
UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations
1990–1995
Succeeded by
John Weston

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