Emyr Jones Parry

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Sir Emyr Jones Parry, GCMG
Order of St Michael and St George
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, FInstP
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 (born 21 September 1947) is a retired British
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 diplomat
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. He is a former British Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN
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) and former UK Permanent Representative on the North Atlantic Council (NATO).

Education


Jones Parry was educated at Gwendraeth Grammar School, and went on to take Theoretical Physics
Theoretical physics
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 at University College Cardiff
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 (where he was President of the Students' Union) before gaining a PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
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 degree in polymer physics
Polymer physics
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 at St Catharine's College, Cambridge
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
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.

Political career


Jones Parry joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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 in 1973 and his first posting was to the British High Commission in Ottawa
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 as First Secretary (1974–79). He returned to the FCO to work in the European Community Department (Internal) for the period 1979–82. Following this he entered the Office of UK Representation to the European Community in Brussels as First Secretary (Energy) and then (Institutions) 1982–86. He followed this with a period as Deputy Head at the Office of the President of the European Parliament
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 (1987–89), before again returning to the FCO as Head of European Community Department (External) (1989–93). His next overseas position was at the British Embassy in Madrid
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 (1993–97), followed by the post of Deputy Political Director in the Foreign Office, where he was also responsible for Balkans
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 and Aegean
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 policy (1996–97).

His next position in 1997 was Director European Union during the 1998 United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union, with overall responsibility for policy, co-ordination and organisation of the presidency. From July 1998 until August 2001 he was again the FCO Political Director.

He took over as Permanent Representative to NATO in September 2001, and held the position until 2003, whereupon he became the Permanent Representative of the UK on the UN Security Council in New York
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.

In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the All Wales Convention
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 - a body established by the Welsh Assembly Government to review Wales's constitutional arrangements and in particular to spearhead the campaign to increase the powers of the Assembly to a full legislative parliament similar to the Scottish Parliament.

In July 2007, it was announced that Jones Parry would be appointed President of Aberystwyth University, succeeding Lord Elystan Morgan on 1 January 2008.

In March 2008, Jones Parry was appointed as Chair of the Open University Business School's International Advisory board, tasked with supporting the global development of the school.

Private life


Sir Emyr is married to Lady Jones Parry (Lynn), with two sons, Mark and Paul. He was promoted from a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG
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) to a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG
Order of St Michael and St George
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) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List
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 of June 2007.
Sir Emyr is a keen supporter of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Swansea City Football Club.

Offices held


Sources


1. http://www.aber.ac.uk/aberonline/en/archive/2007/07/uwa8107/