The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced the appointment of Sir David Reddaway as the new Clerk, effective from January 15 2016.

Reddaway succeeds Dick Melly, who after nearly 11 successful years at the helm of the Company, is now retiring.

Reddaway joins the Company from a second career as a non-executive director of Beko plc; policy consultant to various international companies; lecturer and panellist on Middle East politics; member of the International Advisory Board of Bath University’s School of Management; member of the Council of Experts of the Democratic Progress Institute; and Strategic Exercise Mentor at the Royal College of Defence Studies.


During his previous career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, his final posting was as ambassador to Turkey (2009-14). He was also ambassador to Ireland (2006-9); high commissioner to Canada (2003-6); UK special representative for Afghanistan (2002); and charge d’Affaires in Iran (1990-3). Other assignments were to Argentina, India, Spain, and Iran (his first posting, during the Iranian Revolution). He had earlier lived in Canada (where he was born), Lebanon, Sudan, Singapore and Poland.

As a director of the FCO in London (1999-2001), he was responsible for press, public diplomacy and cultural work; the FCO’s relationship with Parliament, the Devolved Administrations, the BBC World Service and the British Council; and the global consular and visa operations. He also chaired the FCO Final Selection Board.

Reddaway was knighted (KCMG) in 2013, appointed CMG in 1993, and appointed MBE in 1980.

Welcoming this new chapter in his life, Reddaway says: “I am delighted to be joining the Goldsmiths’ Company in the City of London at a very exciting time in its long history. It has impressive modern relevance across a dynamic agenda. Its support for  the craft and trade of goldsmiths and silversmiths, most notably through training young people at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell and through the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair showcasing contemporary British talent, is extraordinary.  It also funds a wide range of educational and charitable causes, and offers the hallmarking service of the Assay Office as well as exhibitions and research facilities. I look forward to helping maintain and develop its unique contribution to British national life.”