British Consulate-General Madrid, Spain
The British Embassy in Madrid maintains and develops relations between the UK and Spain. If you’re in Madrid, northern or central Spain and you need urgent help (for example, you’ve been attacked, arrested or someone has died), call +34 91 714 6300. If you’re in the UK and worried about a British national in Spain, call 020 7008 1500.
Simon Manley has been a member of HM Diplomatic Service since 1990. He took up the post as British Ambassador to Spain and a non-resident Ambassador to Andorra on 28 October 2013. Before his posting to Madrid, Simon was Director Europe at the FCO (2011-2013), responsible for policy toward the EU, the UK’s bilateral relations with its European partners, and the FCO’s network of 57 European posts and more than 2000 staff. He served previously as the FCO’s Director Defence and Strategic Threats (2008-2011), leading the Government’s international counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation and counter-narcotics efforts, as head of Counter-Terrorism Policy (2006-2008) and as head of the EU Economic, Central Europe and Ireland department (2002-2006).
He has been posted to the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York (1993-1998), where he worked on Yugoslavia and UN reform, and has twice been seconded to the European Union: to the European Commission (2003), working on State Aids policy, and to the Council of the EU (1998-2002), working on Russia and Ukraine and East Asia.
Simon was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 and a Commander of the Polish Order of Merit in 2004. Simon read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford and International Relations at Yale University Graduate School. He is married to Maria Isabel Fernandez Utges Manley, an IP, competition and regulatory lawyer. They have three daughters: Chiara (2000), Melissa (2001) and Natasha (2008).