Sir Christopher Meyer
Christopher is a former British ambassador to the United States and Germany and a former chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. Meyer began his career at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1966 as a desk officer for French-speaking African countries. After learning Russian, he first worked as the third secretary to the British embassy in Moscow at the age of 24 in 1968. Christopher then worked from 1970 to 1973 as the second secretary at the British embassy in Madrid followed by five years in London, first as the head of the Soviet section in the European and Soviet department and secondly as a speech-writer to three foreign secretaries including James Callaghan. He returned to London in 1984 to become press secretary to Sir Geoffrey Howe and went to Harvard university’s centre for international affairs for a year. His final posting was British Ambassador to the United States.
- Published his memoirs DC Confidential in 2005 where extracts appeared in The Guardian and Daily Mail
- He has presented TV and Radio documentaries including Mortgaged to the Yanks and Corridors of Power
- Christopher has written three different books including 500 years of adventure and intrigue
- In 1998 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
- Appointed chairman of the UK press’s self-regulating body in 2003