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Sir Ivor Roberts, KCMG (b. 1946) is President of Trinity College, Oxford and was formerly British ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Italy.

Born in Liverpool, Roberts was educated at St Mary's College Crosby and the University of Oxford (Keble College, now Honorary Fellow), earning a degree in modern languages in 1968 before joining the Foreign Office. In 1992 he became the United Kingdom's first ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on its recognition as a state. In 1998-99 he took a sabbatical year as Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford. Serving as ambassador to Ireland 1999–2003, be became the ambassador to Italy in March 2003.

In 2000, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).

On 18 September 2004, he sparked controversy by describing George W. Bush as the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda's "best recruiting sergeant".

On 24 September 2006, The Observer's Pendennis column reported that following his outspoken valedictory report, the Foreign Office has abandoned the centuries-old tradition of allowing departing diplomats to speak their minds.

He is married to Dr Elizabeth Roberts, née Smith, a former diplomat of the Australian Foreign Service who lectures and writes on Balkan politics. They have two sons and a daughter.

He was confirmed as the next President of Trinity College, Oxford in May 2005, taking over the position on 20 September 2006. He is the Chairman of the Council of the British School at Rome and a Patron of the Venice in Peril Fund. He also chairs the Board of the King's College Group in Madrid and is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Independent News and Media Group.

Book

  • Sir Ivor edited the sixth edition of SATOW’S DIPLOMATIC PRACTICE, originally written in 1917 by Sir Ernest Satow and widely used in embassies throughout the world, 730pp., published by Oxford University Press in 2009. (ISBN 978-0-19-9559275) It was reviewed by Sir Jeremy Greenstock in the London Times (October 28, 2009).

See also

External links

  • British Embassy, Rome
  • New appointments and honours, Oxford Today: the University Magazine 18:1 (Michaelmas 2005), p. 6
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Shepherd
HM Ambassador to Italy
2003-2006
Succeeded by
Edward Chaplin
Preceded by
Veronica Sutherland
UK Ambassador to Ireland
1999-2003
Succeeded by
Stewart Eldon
Preceded by
New Mission
HM Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1994-1997
Succeeded by
Brian Donnelly
Academic offices
Preceded by
Michael Beloff
President of Trinity College, Oxford
2006–
Succeeded by
incumbent

Sir Ivor Roberts, KCMG (b. 1946) is President of Trinity College, Oxford and was formerly British ambassador to Yugoslavia, Ireland, and Italy.

Born in Liverpool, Roberts was educated at the University of Oxford (Keble College, now Honorary Fellow), earning a degree in modern languages in 1968 before joining the Foreign Office. In 1992 he became the United Kingdom's first ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on its recognition as a state. In 1998-99 he took a sabbatical year as Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford. Serving as ambassador to Ireland 1999–2003, be became the ambassador to Italy in March 2003.

In 2000, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG).

On 18 September 2004, he sparked controversy by describing George W Bush as the terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda's "best recruiting sergeant".

On 24 September 2006, The Observer's Pendennis column reported that following his outspoken valedictory report, the Foreign Office has abandoned the centuries-old tradition of allowing departing diplomats to speak their minds.

He is married to Dr Elizabeth Roberts, née Smith, a former diplomat of the Australian Foreign Service who lectures and writes on Balkan politics. They have two sons and a daughter.

He was confirmed as the next President of Trinity College, Oxford in May 2005, taking over the position on 20 September 2006. He is the Chairman of the Council of the British School at Rome and a Patron of the Venice in Peril Fund. He also chairs the Board of the King's College Group in Madrid and is a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Independent News and Media Group.

See also

External links

  • British Embassy, Rome
  • New appointments and honours, Oxford Today: the University Magazine 18:1 (Michaelmas 2005), p. 6

Template:Start box |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #FACEFF;" | Diplomatic posts

|- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
John Shepherd |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|HM Ambassador to Italy
2003-2006 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Edward Chaplin |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Veronica Sutherland |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|UK Ambassador to Ireland
1999-2003 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Stewart Eldon |- |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
New Mission |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|HM Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1994-1997 |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
Brian Donnelly |- Template:Start box |- ! colspan="3" style="background: #DAA520;" | Academic offices |- style="text-align: center;" |- style="text-align:center;" |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"|Preceded by
Michael Beloff |width="40%" style="text-align: center;" rowspan="1"|President of Trinity College, Oxford
2006– |width="30%" align="center" rowspan="1"| Succeeded by
incumbent |- Template:End box








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