John Kittmer


John Kittmer (born 6 July 1967) is a British former diplomat. He was formerly the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory jointly with the British Antarctic Territory.[2]

John Kittmer
Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory
In office
December 2016  July 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPeter Hayes
Succeeded byBen Merrick
British Ambassador to Greece
In office
January 2013  December 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byDavid Landsman
Succeeded byKate Smith
Personal details
Born (1967-07-06) 6 July 1967 (age 54)
Cuckfield, Sussex
Domestic partnerDavid Bates[1]
EducationHymers College, Hull
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
King's College, London
Magdalen College, Oxford

Education


Kittmer was born in Sussex in 1967. From the years 19781985, he was educated at Hymers College,[3] an independent day school in Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire in Northern England, where he was taught Ancient Greek by Larry Trewartha and Gerald Thompson.[3] Kittmer then attended Christ's College at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a BA in Classics (1988), King's College London where he obtained an MA in Greek Studies (2007),[3] and Magdalen College at the University of Oxford, at which he also studied Classics.[3]

Life and career


Kittmer joined the civil service in 1993, first at the Department for Education and Employment before moving to the UK's Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels in 1998 as a First Secretary. He returned to London for posts in the FCO in 2002, DEFRA from 2004, the Cabinet Office in 2006–7, and back to DEFRA until 2012.[2]

Kittmer served as the British Ambassador to Greece from January 2013 until December 2016.[1][4] He was succeeded in this role by Kate Smith in January 2017.[5]

Kittmer was appointed to replace Peter Hayes as the Commissioner for the British Overseas Territories of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory starting in December 2016. In June 2017, he left this post on a career break to continue his academic studies. In June 2019, he left the civil service permanently.

Kittmer currently sits on the board of directors of the Greek oil tanker company Okeanis.

Personal life


Kittmer self-identifies as a 'northerner'. Kittmer entered into a civil partnership with David Bates in 2007.[2]

References


  1. "John Kittmer - Inside Government". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. KITTMER, John. Who's Who 2015 (online ed.). Oxford University Press [A & C Black]. 2014.
  3. "Old Hymerian becomes Her Majesty's Ambassador to Greece". Old Hymerians Association. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  4. "Postgraduate student appointed Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic". Kings College London. 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Greece". www.gov.uk. Press releases. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David Landsman
British Ambassador to Greece
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Kate Smith
Preceded by
Peter Hayes
Commissioner of the
British Indian Ocean Territory

and the British Antarctic Territory

2016–2017
Succeeded by
Ben Merrick