Sir Richard Dales HM Diplomatic Service (retired), is a diplomat who was a former High Commissioner to Zimbabwe (1992). His diplomatic career took him to many countries, including Cameroon, Denmark and Bulgaria. From 1974-77 he was the Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary and from 1995-98 he was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director for Africa and the Commonwealth. He was Head of South African and later Central and S. African Dept. FCO (1989-91) and of the Civil Service Selection Board. 
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