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Change of Ambassador to Panama

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Dr Ian Frank Collard has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Panama.

Dr Ian Collard
Dr Ian Collard

He will succeed Mr Michael John Holloway OBE, who has retired from the Diplomatic Service. Dr Collard will take up his appointment during December 2013.

Dr Collard joined the FCO in 2002. He has carried out a variety of roles both in the FCO and overseas, with a focus on foreign and security policy in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. His most recent role was leading the department responsible for the UK’s relationships with the United States and Canada. During the summer of 2012, Dr Collard oversaw international aspects of the safety and security of the Olympic Games in the FCO’s Counter-Terrorism Department. Before joining the FCO, Dr Collard worked for Lloyd’s List newspaper and briefly with Imperial Oil in Canada.

On his appointment Dr Collard has said:

I feel enormously privileged to have been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Panama. I am greatly looking forward to representing the United Kingdom, to strengthening the close and important ties between the United Kingdom and Panama, and to promoting our shared interests.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Dr Ian Frank Collard
Married to: Tamara Renée Collard
Children: Four daughters
Period Post
Aug 2012 – present FCO, Head, North America Department
May 2012 – Aug 2012 FCO, Olympics Silver Command, Counter-Terrorism Department
Jul 2011 – May 2012 FCO, Head, North America Department
Aug 2008 – Jul 2011 Washington, First Secretary (Political)
Jan 2005 – Aug 2008 New York, Second Secretary (Political), UK Mission to the United Nations
Nov 2003 – Dec 2004 FCO, Desk Officer, UN/International Organisations Department
Nov 2002 – Nov 2003 FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Department
Sep 2002 Joined FCO

Further information

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Published 19 June 2013