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His Excellency Nigel Sheinwald


Nigel Sheinwald became the British ambassador to the United States on Oct. 10, 2007.

For the previous four years, Ambassador Sheinwald served as foreign policy and defense adviser to the prime minister as well as head of the Cabinet Office of Defense and Overseas Secretariat.

Ambassador Sheinwald, who joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976, has also served as the British ambassador and permanent representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2000 to 2003, as Europe director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1998-2000, and FCO press secretary and head of the News Department from 1995 1998.

In addition, he was head of the UK Representations Political and Institutional Section in Brussels (1993-95), deputy head of the FCO European Union (Internal) Department (1989-92), and deputy head of the FCO Policy Planning Staff (1987-89). Other posting abroad include Washington (1983-87), Japan (1976-77), Moscow (1978-79), and Zimbabwe (1979-81), including the Lancaster House Conference.

Ambassador Sheinwald was born in 1953 and educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford.

He is married with three sons.

Contact Information

Embassy of the
United Kingdom
3100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 588-6500
Fax: (202) 588-7870

Website: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en