Sir Stephen Wall

Sir Stephen Wall
British Ambassador to Portugal
In office
Preceded by Hugh James Arbuthnott
Succeeded by Roger Westbrook
British Permanent Representative to the European Union
In office
Preceded by John Kerr
Succeeded by Nigel Sheinwald
Personal details
Born January 1947

Sir Stephen Wall, GCMG, LVO (born January 1947) is a retired British diplomat who served as Britain's ambassador to Portugal and Permanent Representative to the European Union.


Wall, who was educated at Douai School and Selwyn College, Cambridge, entered the Diplomatic Service in 1968.[1] His early postings included the United Nations, Addis Ababa and Paris.[1] 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 Prime Minister.[2] He subsequently served as Assistant Private Secretary to David Owen, the Foreign Secretary.[1]

Wall spent four years at the British Embassy, Washington, D.C. from 1979 to 1983, when he returned to the Foreign Office.[1] He was Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary from 1988 to 1991, serving under Geoffrey Howe, John Major and Douglas Hurd.[1] He was Private Secretary to the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1993.[2]

Wall was sent as Ambassador to Portugal in 1993, and he remained there until 1995, when he was named as Britain's Permanent Representative to the European Union.[3] He returned to London in 2000 to takes charge of the Cabinet Office's European Secretariat. He remained in that post until 2004, and during that period he was EU adviser to Tony Blair.[3] He was named as principal adviser to Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster in June 2004, and he served until June 2005.[4]

Sir Stephen Wall is chairman of Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity initiating fresh debate on the burning questions facing society.[5]


  • A Stranger in Europe: Britain and the EU from Thatcher to Blair (2008)[6]

Offices held

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Galsworthy
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Sir Richard Gozney
Preceded by
Sir John Holmes
Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
to the Prime Minister

Succeeded by
Francis Campbell
Preceded by
Hugh James Arbuthnott
British Ambassador
to Portugal

Succeeded by
Roger Westbrook
Preceded by
John, The Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
British Permanent Representative
to the European Union

Succeeded by
Sir Nigel Sheinwald
Government offices
Preceded by
David Bostock
Director-General, European Secretariat
Cabinet Office

Succeeded by
Sir Kim Darroch


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