Christopher Prentice

Christopher Norman Russell Prentice CMG (born 5 September 1954) is a retired British diplomat. His last diplomatic post was Ambassador to Italy.[1] He is currently Chairman of the Governors of the British Institute of Florence.[2]

Christopher Prentice

Prentice in 2012
Prentice in 2012
Her Majesty's Ambassador to Italy
In office
Preceded byEdward Chaplin
Succeeded byJill Morris
Her Majesty's Ambassador to Iraq
In office
Preceded byDominic Asquith
Succeeded bySir John Jenkins
Her Majesty's Ambassador to Jordan
In office
Preceded byEdward Chaplin
Succeeded byJames Watt
Personal details
Born (1954-09-05) 5 September 1954 (age 66)
Southwark, London
Children4 (2 sons, 2 daughters)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Prentice had been a British diplomat since 1977. From 2002 to 2006 he served as British Ambassador to Jordan, and from 2007 to 2009 as Ambassador to Iraq.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in The Borough, London, Prentice is a former cricketer who played a single first-class cricket match for Oxford University, scoring 4 and 19 in a game against Worcestershire.[3]

Prentice speaks fluent Arabic and Hungarian. He is married to Marie-Josephine (Nina) with whom he has two sons and two daughters. One daughter, Helen, a doctor, married his predecessor's nephew, Mark, Viscount Asquith in May 2008 in Ashbury, Oxfordshire.

Prentice was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[4]


On 6 January 2010, Prentice gave evidence to the Iraq Inquiry.[5]

From March to May 2011 Prentice led the UK's diplomatic team in Libya which liaised closely with the opposition in Benghazi.[6]

Career highlightsEdit

  • 1977–1978 FCO, Desk Officer, Near East and North Africa Department
  • 1985–1989 Washington, First secretary (Near East and South Asia)
  • 1989–1990 FCO, Assistant Head of European Community Department (External)
  • 1990–1993 FCO, Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd
  • 1994–1998 Budapest, Deputy Head of Mission
  • 1998–2002 FCO, Head of Near East and North Africa Department
  • 2002–2006 Amman, Her Majesty's Ambassador
  • 2006–2007 UK Special Representative, later FCO Co-ordinator for the Sudan Peace Process
  • 2007–2009 Iraq, Her Majesty's Ambassador
  • 2011–2016 Italy, Her Majesty's Ambassador


  1. ^ PRENTICE, Christopher Norman Russell, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, 2017 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2016)
  2. ^ [1] British Institute of Florence website. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Christopher Prentice" Cricinfo database. Retrieved 25 May 2008
  4. ^ "No. 59090". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 2009. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Iraq inquiry - day by day timeline of evidence given". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ [2] Retrieved 19 April 2011