Oliver Miles


Oliver Miles

Oliver Miles, CMG, is the former British ambassador to Libya, Luxembourg and Greece. He has been a regular visitor to the Middle East since 1959 and is the deputy chairman of the Libyan British Business Council.

Oliver joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1960, serving overseas mainly in the Arab world as well as spending periods at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. In 1961 he was acting Political Officer (British government representative) in Abu Dhabi. In 1964, he was posted as Second Secretary to Amman, and as Deputy British Resident to Mukalla in 1966. He was appointed Private Secretary to the British High Commissioner in Aden in 1967. In 1970, he was posted to Nicosia and returned to London after three years. He was appointed Counsellor at Jedda in 1975, and moved to Athens in 1977. He became Head of the FCO’s Near East and North African Department in 1980. He was appointed HM Ambassador to Libya in 1984, where he broke off diplomatic relations after the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London. Later in 1984, he moved to UKMIS New York and, from 1985 to 1988, he was Ambassador to Luxembourg.

After two years’ secondment at the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast he became the first Director-General of the Joint Directorate for Overseas Trade Services, a new unit set up to improve British Government services to exporters, and travelled widely both in Britain and abroad. At the same time he was a non-executive Director of Vickers Defence Systems.

From 1993 to 1996 Oliver was Ambassador to Greece.

After retiring from HM Diplomatic Service in 1996 Oliver joined MEC International, a consultancy promoting business with the Middle East, and became chairman a decade later. He was for some years president of the Society for Libyan Studies, a learned society under the aegis of the British Academy, and chairman of HOST, a charity which arranges visits to British homes for foreign students in Britain.

 
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