Yalta Memorial Speech by HE Mr Simon Smith, UK Ambassador to Ukraine, at the Houses of Parliament

The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to confirm that the fifth annual Yalta Memorial Speech will be delivered by HE Mr Simon Smith, British Ambassador to Ukraine. The talk will take place in Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London SW1 at 7pm on Monday 4 February.

Due to tight security we would advise you to allow at least 30 minutes to enter the Palace of Westminster.

Please RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org at your earliest convenience. Further information and a map will be sent in due course to those who RSVP.

His Excellency Mr Simon Smith

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine

Simon Smith joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986. After one year in the East African Department, he undertook Japanese language training before being posted to Tokyo as Second, later First Secretary (1989-1992). He has held several positions in the FCO in London, including Deputy Head of Southern European Department (1995-1997), Head of North East Asia & Pacific Department (2002-2004), Head of Eastern Department (2004-2005) and Director for Russia, South Caucasus and Central Asia (2005-2007). He was posted in Moscow as Counsellor (Economic/Commercial), responsible for the promotion of trade and investment, from 1998 to 2002. From 2007 until August 2012, he was the British Ambassador to Austria, and the UK’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Vienna, and Governor on the Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Simon Smith was born in 1958 in Germany. He is married to Sian Stickings and has two daughters. He studied modern languages at Wadham College, Oxford University. When he is not at work, he enjoys playing piano, trombone and trumpet, cooking, exploring the literature of the country in which he is living, and sport – mainly as a spectator, but still playing a bit of football and cricket when he can. He speaks English, German, Russian, French and Japanese, and he is keenly studying Ukrainian.