Clovis Meath Baker is a consultant specialising in advice to the UK and allied governments, and to private sector clients on the Middle East, Pakistan, counterterrorism, counter-proliferation, cyber, and corporate compliance.
This follows 28 years in the Foreign Office during which he filled senior roles dealing with the Middle East, counter-proliferation and Iran, and regularly attended meetings of the National Security Council, the Joint Intelligence Committee, and COBRA. He was seconded to GCHQ as Director of Intelligence Production from 2010-13.
He has served abroad in Afghanistan (the first time during the Russian occupation, the second time immediately after the fall of the Taleban regime), Czechoslovakia (during the Velvet Revolution), Turkey, Pakistan and Iran.
Before joining the FCO he spent three years as an infantry officer in the Brigade of Gurkhas, and a spell as a reporter on a provincial newspaper.
Clovis was awarded the OBE in 2003 for his work in Afghanistan, and the CMG in 2013 for services to British interests in the Middle East.