Stephen Wall

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BornJohn Stephen Wall
10 January 1947
Alma materSelwyn College (Cambridge)
British ambassador and diplomat

Sir Stephen Wall (born 10 January 1947) is a retired member of HM Diplomatic Service (1968 to 2004).

Stephen Wall, who was educated at Douai School and Selwyn College, Cambridge, entered HM Diplomatic Service in 1968.[1] His early postings included the United Nations, Addis Ababa and Paris. On his return to London in 1974, he worked in the Foreign Office News Department and was later seconded to the press office of James Callaghan, who was then Labour Prime Minister.[2] He subsequently served as Assistant Private Secretary to Labour's Foreign Secretary David Owen, and Lord Carrington in Margaret Thatcher's Conservative administration.

Wall spent four years at the British Embassy, Washington DC from 1979 to 1983, when he returned to the Foreign Office. From 1983-1988 he served as Assistant Head, and later Head, of the Foreign Office's European Community Department. He was Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 1988 to 1991, serving under Geoffrey Howe, John Major and Douglas Hurd. He was Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1991 to 1993, responsible for foreign policy and defence issues.

Wall was sent as Ambassador to Portugal in 1993, remaining there until 1995, when he was named as UK Permanent Representative to the European Union.[3] He returned to London in 2000 to take charge of the Cabinet Office's European Secretariat. He remained in that post until 2004, during which period he was EU adviser to Tony Blair.

He was named as principal adviser to Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster in June 2004, serving until June 2005.[4]

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