Sherard Cowper-Coles

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Person.png Sherard Cowper-Coles   Powerbase TwitterRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, diplomat, banker, businessman)
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London, England
Alma materHertford College (Oxford)
SpouseBridget Mary Elliott
Spooky UK diplomat

Employment.png Non-executive director

In office
1 October 2014 - Present
EmployerHSBC Bank Egypt
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Employment.png Chairman of Pitzhanger Manor Trust

In office
August 2012 - ?

Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles is a UK spook who has held various diplomatic positions.


“Indeed, I remember way back in the late 1970s - when I was Middle East correspondent for The Times - how a British diplomat in Cairo tried to persuade me to fire my local "stringer", an Egyptian Coptic woman who also worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press and who provided a competent coverage of the country when I was in Beirut. "She isn't much good," he said, and suggested I hire a young Englishwoman whom he knew and who - so I later heard - had close contacts in the Foreign Office.

I refused this spooky proposal. Indeed, I told The Times that I thought it was outrageous that a British diplomat should have tried to engineer the sacking of our part-timer in Cairo. The Times's foreign editor agreed.
But it just shows what diplomats can get up to.
And the name of that young British diplomat in Cairo back in the late 1970s? Why, Sherard Cowper-Coles, of course.”
Robert Fisk (30 June 2007)  'Abu Henry' and the mysterious silence [1]


Cowper-Coles joined the UK Foreign Office as a desk officer in the Republic of Ireland Department in 1977.[2] He was Third Secretary and later Second Secretary in Cairo, 1980–1983, First Secretary in the Planning Staff of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1983–1985; Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-secretary of State, 1985–1987, First Secretary in Washington, 1987–1991, Assistant in the Security Policy Department of the FCO, 1991–1993, Resident Associate, International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1993–1994; Head of the Hong Kong Department of the FCO,


1994–1997, Political Counsellor in Paris. John Morgan charged in his 2012 book Paris-London Connection that Cowper-Coles was involved in the Paris side of the assassination of Diana Spencer.[3][4]

1997–1999; Principal Private Secretary to Robin Cook, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 1999–2001.

His first role as a head of mission was in Tel Aviv as the British Ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2003. He was next appointed UK Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, a post that he held until 2006. Since 15 May 2007 he has been ambassador to Afghanistan in Kabul.

Arms industry

In 2011 Cowper-Coles started work for BAE Systems.


Cowper-Coles was appointed a non-executive director of HSBC Bank Egypt on 1 October 2014. [5]