Sunday 28 February, 2016
Sir David Reddaway Appointed New Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company
The Goldsmiths’ Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Sir David Reddaway as the new Clerk as of 15 January 2016. He succeeds Dick Melly, who after nearly 11 successful years at the helm of the Company, is now retiring.
David joins the Company from a second career as a Non-Executive Director of Beko plc; policy consultant to various international companies; lecturer and panellist on Middle East politics; member of the International Advisory Board of Bath University’s School of Management; member of the Council of Experts of the Democratic Progress Institute; and Strategic Exercise Mentor at the Royal College of Defence Studies.
During his previous career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, his final posting was as Ambassador to Turkey (2009-14). He was also Ambassador to Ireland (2006-9); High Commissioner to Canada (2003-6); UK Special Representative for Afghanistan (2002); and Charge d’Affaires in Iran (1990-3). Other assignments were to Argentina, India, Spain, and Iran (his first posting, during the Iranian Revolution). He had earlier lived in Canada (where he was born) as well as Lebanon, Sudan, Singapore and Poland.
As a Director of the FCO in London (1999-2001), he was responsible for press, public diplomacy and cultural work; the FCO’s relationship with Parliament, the Devolved Administrations, the BBC World Service and the British Council; and the global consular and visa operations. He also chaired the FCO Final Selection Board.
“I am delighted to be joining the Goldsmiths’ Company in the City of London at a very exciting time in its long history."
"It has impressive modern relevance across a dynamic agenda. Its support for the craft and trade of goldsmiths and silversmiths, most notably through training young people at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell and through the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair showcasing contemporary British talent, is extraordinary. It also funds a wide range of educational and charitable causes, and offers the hallmarking service of the Assay Office as well as exhibitions and research facilities. I look forward to helping maintain and develop its unique contribution to British national life.”
David was knighted (KCMG) in 2013, appointed CMG in 1993 and appointed MBE in 1980.
He was educated at Cambridge University, where he read History and rowed for the University Lightweight Crew, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies of London University, where he studied Persian. He had a sabbatical year (2002-3) as a Fellow of Harvard University. Before attending university, David was a volunteer secondary school teacher in Ethiopia, teaching Biology, Ethiopian History and English. He worked as an English Language teacher in Cambridge during his university vacations.
His interests include history, visiting ancient sites, water sports, tennis, watching international rugby, and Persian carpets and art. He is proud to be probably the least qualified holder of Royal Navy Submariner’s Dolphins, and the only British High Commissioner to Canada to ride in the Calgary Stampede. He speaks Persian, Spanish, French and shamefully bad Turkish.
David’s partner is Gabrielle O’Driscoll. His three adult children, Alex, Touran and Milo, are currently based in Turkey, Zimbabwe and Durham.