Change of Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia

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Mr Mark Canning CMG, has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia.

He will succeed Mr Martin Hatfull who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Canning will take up his appointment during August 2011.

Mr Canning is a career member of HM Diplomatic Service. He was educated at Downside School and London University, and holds a Master Degree in Business Administration. He joined the FCO in 1974. His career in recent years has tended to focus on the Asia Pacific region.

On his appointment as Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Canning said:

“I am delighted to be returning to a country for which I have not only deep affection, but admiration for all it has achieved. The relationship between Britain and Indonesia continues to broaden and grow, and I look forward to doing all I can to help develop it further. It will be exciting to be back in a region which is important to us in so many ways”.

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Mark Canning CMG

Married to:

Cecilia Canning


One daughter


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