WITH more than 20 years experience of diplomacy – and a Spanish wife – our new man in Madrid is more than qualified for the job.
Oxford educated Simon Manley has begun his new role by stressing the economic interdependence between the UK and Spain.
Manley, who has a degree in International Relations, said: “I am delighted to be here in Spain and look forward to strengthening our broad and deep bilateral relationship.
“Spain is a key ally within the European Union and NATO and is one of our most important trading partners.”
He continued: “Creating sustainable growth is a priority for both the UK and Spain. I am delighted that some 400 Spanish companies are registered in the UK and investors such as Santander, Telefónica, Iberdrola and Ferrovial have made Spain our sixth largest inward investor”.
Manley also pointed to the importance of the UK to the Spanish economy.
He said: “More than 13 million Britons visit Spain every year, generating 1 per cent of Spain’s GDP. Some 800,000 have made Spain their home permanently or for part of the year, and the UK remains the largest foreign investor in Spain’s property market.”
Prior to his appointment Manley was Director Europe at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2011 to 2013.
He is married to Maria Isabel Fernandez Utges Manley, an intellectual property, competition and regulatory lawyer. They have three daughters aged 13, 12 and 5.