Nigel Thorpe

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(HM Diplomatic Service)
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Born Nigel James Thorpe
3 October 1945

Nigel Thorpe (born 3 October 1945) is a former British diplomat whose final posting was as Ambassador to Hungary (1998-2003).

Diplomatic career

Nigel Thorpe joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1969 and was assigned to the South Africa desk in Southern African Department (SAfD). He was posted as Third Secretary later Second Secretary to Warsaw in 1970. In 1973, he went to Dacca where he was appointed First Secretary. He returned to the FCO in 1975 and was posted in 1979 as First Secretary (Economic) to Ottawa. He was seconded to the Department of Energy in 1981. The following year, he was appointed Assistant Head of the FCO's SAfD until 1985, when he was posted as Counsellor and Head of Chancery to Warsaw.[1] He was appointed Ambassador to Hungary from 1998 until he retired in 2003.[2]

Post retirement

Following his retirement from HM Diplomatic Service, Nigel Thorpe remained in Budapest until November 2008 as Chairman of Vodafone Hungary.[3]


In 1969, Nigel Thorpe married Felicity Thompson. They had two sons (1971 and 1972). The marriage was dissolved in 1976. He married Susan Diane Bamforth in 1978. They had twin daughters in 1985.


According to Dulwich OnView magazine, which celebrates the people and culture of Dulwich and the surrounding areas of South East London, Nigel Thorpe is a committed amateur, aspirant allotment holder, and occasional tennis player. He loves music and likes to write about things that are unusual and might raise a smile.[4]


Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:The Rossing File:The Inside Story of Britain's Secret Contract for Namibian Uraniumpamphlet1980Alun RobertsScandal in the 1970s and 1980s of collusion by successive British governments with the mining conglomerate Rio Tinto to import yellowcake from the Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia (illegally occupied by apartheid South Africa) in defiance of international law, and leading to the targeting of UN Commissioner for Namibia Bernt Carlsson on Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988.


  1. The Diplomatic Service List 1989 (page 319), HMSO, ISBN 0-11-591707-1
  2. "Farewell to Nigel Thorpe". Retrieved 30 April 2016.

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  3. "Nigel Thorpe Ambassador Autographed Letter". Retrieved 17 April 2010.

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  4. "Who We Are"