Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles


Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO is a British diplomat. From 2009 to 2010 the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He worked briefly for BAE Systems’ as the International business development director, focusing on the Middle East and south-east Asia.  He is now a Senior Advisor  to HSBC’s Group Chief Executive Officer.

His first book Cables from Kabul was published by HarperCollins in 2011. It is a frank and honest memoir, which provides a unique, high-level insight into Western policy in Afghanistan. Ever The Diplomat, his second memoir, was also published by HarperCollins in 2013.  This entertaining and engaging memoir lifts the lid on embassy life throughout the world.

Sherard Cowper-Coles @sherardcc

Our amazing team of volunteer gardeners have been hard at work taming the roses in Soane's rustic colonnade before our first wedding this weekend 🌹

I'm 40, about to turn 41. If you'd asked me over the past two decades what the worst political decision/crisis of my lifetime was, I'd have said, without hesitation, the invasion of Iraq.

Until now.

Now, it's the (mis)handling of the coronavirus. Without a shadow of a doubt.

Honoured and delighted to be appointed. Ireland is a hugely important partner for the UK, as @BorisJohnson and @DominicRaab have noted in welcoming the new government.

Part 1 of the Pitzhanger Lecture ‘18 given by Yinka Shonibare CBE in conversation Professor Paul Gilroy is now available to watch online. The discussion about Shonibare’s work remains very relevant today, touching on race, class and cultural identity.

Thrilled to be voted by public the building that has most impacted their lives. @Pitzhanger brings ‘architectural pedigree & inventiveness’

Today I spoke to @ChinaBritain about the opportunities available for 🇬🇧 businesses to trade and invest in 🇨🇳!

🇨🇳 is 🇬🇧 5th largest 🌍 trading partner - I look forward to exploring new ways of increasing our trade flows in the years ahead.

#globaltrade #globalbritain @sherardcc

It is 56 years today - almost to the moment- since I decided there was no point in my trying to revise for my history GCE tomorrow, as I had done no work at all. So I should walk over to the flats, to ask Lin if she would go out with me. So here we are!


Let's be honest, Twitter can be utterly toxic.

The personal attacks, the language - remarkable. I hope they don't talk to their grandparents like that!

People are always more willing to listen if you are courteous. Being aggressive just entrenches them into their positions.

Time for a cappuccino in Walpole Park! Delighted to share that @Pitzhanger Pantry is now open - enjoy! thanks to the team @social_pantry

Great reads on Afghanistan and being a diplomat more broadly by @sherardcc

Due to popular demand, we've taken Alex Massie's critique of Boris Johnson out of the paywall:

I’d rather have a burgundy coloured EU passport that increases my freedoms than a blue coloured UK-only passport that restricts my freedoms. Please retweet if you agree.

If they'd said from the start that he did break the rules but he did so out of concern for his family, he's sorry and hopes it doesn't mean he loses his job.... I'd be sympathetic. It's the arrogance of the whole episode and the supine Cabinet that is so unbearable.

“We were simply keen to visit Durham, with its famous castle and cathedral which has a 66m spire”

The Prime Minister has treated the British people with contempt.

One rule for Dominic Cummings, another for everybody else.

All of you lot who stayed at home? Bad parents. Mugs. Apparently.

We're excited to join in with @bbcarts Culture in Quarantine event! #MuseumFromHome⠀

Today we are sharing a brand new resource for KS 2 -3 inspired by our upcoming exhibition Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives. ⠀


How is everyone doing in week 5 of lock down? If you’re in need of inspiration, the staff at Pitzhanger have selected their favourite activities and links to help you get creative and keep learning at home. #PitzPicks

Read all their picks here: