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Ian Fletcher (diplomat)

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Name  Ian Fletcher

Role  Diplomat
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Ian Raymond Fletcher (born 25 August 1959) is a New Zealand former diplomat and UK public servant, who in February 2012 was appointed head of the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) for five years. Fletcher resigned as head of the GCSB position in January 2015. His appointment to the GCSB by the Prime Minister John Key caused controversy when it was revealed Fletcher and Key had known each other professionally when Fletcher had headed the Queensland state government's trade department, and that thirty years before they were childhood acquaintances: At Primary school Key had been a friend of Fletcher's younger brother.


Fletcher attended Burnside High School from 1972 to 1976 (where Key went three years later, from 1975 to 1979). He was the eldest son of Ray Fletcher, the first Deputy Principal of the South Division at BHS. Fletcher then attended the University of Canterbury on a scholarship, receiving a master's degree in history with First Class Honours. He joined the New Zealand Diplomatic Service, with stints in Vanuatu and Fiji, Then he transferred to the British Civil Service; first working in Kosovo after the wars of the late 1980s setting up a department to prevent smuggling currency from Russia to the area; and then in the Intellectual Property Office (United Kingdom) (formerly the Patent Office). He was the Comptroller (Chief Executive) in 2009. He chaired the G8 committee on intellectual property and concluded two agreements with China to protect the intellectual property rights of British citizens. He then transferred to the Queensland state government where he was the Director-General and CEO of the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

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