Simon Fraser is Managing Partner of Flint Global Ltd, a company that supports businesses in successfully handling major transactions, and in managing the impact of legislative and regulatory change in London, Europe and international markets.

Simon previously served as Permanent Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and head of the UK Diplomatic Service from August 2010 to July 2015. In this period he was on the UK’s National Security Council.

Prior to that Simon was Permanent Secretary at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has also served as Director General for Europe and Globalization in the FCO and as chief of staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. These roles have given him deep experience of working at the interface between government and business in the UK and the EU.

Simon’s particular foreign policy expertise is in Europe, trade and economic diplomacy, France and the Middle East. As well as spending six years in the European Commission, he has worked in the British Embassies in Baghdad and Damascus and as political counsellor at the British Embassy in Paris and Head of Policy Planning in the FCO.

As Permanent Secretary at the FCO during a period of great international upheaval and domestic austerity, Simon Fraser led an expansion of the UK’s diplomatic network while taking almost 25 per cent out of FCO running costs. He has a strong interest in leadership of people and organizations, and was the UK Civil Service champion for diversity and inclusion.