Served as UK Ambassador to Egypt, to Jordan and to Lebanon. He has dealt with the major issues and conflicts affecting West Asia and the Arab world and has extensive commercial experience in those markets. educated at Ampleforth College and The Queen's College, Oxford. He worked for Kleinwort Benson 1974–75 and was a freelance broadcaster and interpreter in Madrid 1975–77, then joined the Diplomatic Service. He studied at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies, then served at Abu Dhabi, the United Nations in New York and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). He was Consul-General and deputy Head of Mission at Amman 1992–96 and deputy High Commissioner at Islamabad 1996–98, then took a sabbatical year at the School of Oriental and African Studies 1999–2000.
Mr. Watt was appointed CVO in 1997 after Queen Elizabeth made a state visit to Pakistan.