About the Participants
Sir Nigel Broomfield, formerly of HM
Diplomatic Service, has been director of the Ditchley Foundation
since 1999. He was educated at Haileybury College and Trinity College,
Cambridge, where he received a BA (Hons) in English literature.
He was commissioned to the 17/21 Lancers in 1959, and he retired
from the Army as a Major in 1968.
Sir Nigel joined the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office (FCO) as First Secretary in 1969, holding successive posts
as First Secretary, British Embassy in Bonn from 1970 to 1972, the
British Embassy in Moscow from 1972 to 1974, and the European Communities
Department, London, from 1975 to 1977.
After attending the RCDS in 1978, he
became Political Advisor and Head of Chancery, British Military
Government, Berlin, between 1979 and 1981. He held subsequent posts
as Head of the Eastern European and Soviet Department between 1981and
1983; Head of Soviet Department from 1983 to 1985, FCO; and Deputy
High Commissioner and Minister, New Delhi, from 1985 to 1988.
Between 1988 and 1990, Sir Nigel became
Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic and then Deputy Under
Secretary of State (Defence), FCO, between 1990 and 1992. His last
post was British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from
1993 to 1997.
Sir Nigel is currently a non-executive
director of Smith’s Group plc and president of the German-British
Chamber of Commerce and Industry.