Congratulation to Sir Tim Hitchens OA [1972-1979], who has been appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
Sir Timothy Mark Hitchens, KCVO, CMG is a British diplomat and a former Assistant Private Secretary to the Queen in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, 1999–2002. The award recognises distinguished personal service to The Queen, having served as Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign among his other Civil Service roles.
After joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he studied Japanese, and then became Trade Secretary in Tokyo. He returned to the country years later as HM Ambassador to Japan, a post that he held from 2012 to 2017.
In January 2017, Hitchens was elected President of Wolfson College, Oxford. He assumed this post on 1 May 2018.
Sir Timothy is the grandson of Alick Hamilton, a long serving member of staff and housemaster of Ivyholme.