John Kittmer


Attended Hymers College:

Left in 1985

What makes this nominee inspiring?

John is a British diplomat. He was formerly the Commissioner or the British Indian Ocean Territory jointly with the British Antarctic Territory.

John 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.

He served as the British Ambassador to Greece from January 2013 until December 2016. He was succeeded in this role by Kate Smith in January 2017. John 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.

“One of the most pleasant students I have taught, he rose to become HM Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic.” - Neil King (Former Head of English, Hymers College)