Mr Howard Ronald Drake OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to Canada.
He will succeed Dr Andrew Pocock CMG, who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Drake will take up his appointment during June 2013.
Mr Drake is currently British High Commissioner to Jamaica and was previously Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile. His FCO career has focused on political and commercial work, including heading the UK`s inward investment operation in the US and earlier assignments in Singapore and Chile. In London Mr Drake has worked on European Union affairs and counter-proliferation, and was also Assistant Director for Human Resources.
On his appointment as British High Commissioner to Canada, Mr Drake has said:
“I am hugely honoured and privileged to be appointed to this position. Canada and the UK are close allies, very old friends, and major trade partners. Under the Canada-UK Joint Declaration, endorsed by our Prime Ministers, we are working closely together globally on a wide range of security and economic issues. I very much look forward to building on what has already been achieved”.
|Full name:||Howard Ronald Drake|
|Children:||One son, one daughter|
|2010 – present||Kingston, British High Commissioner|
|2005 - 2009||Santiago, Her Majesty’s Ambassador|
|2002 – 2005||FCO, Assistant Director, Human Resources|
|1997 – 2002||New York, Director, Inward Investment|
|1995 – 1997||FCO, Deputy Head, Non-Proliferation Department|
|1992 – 1995||Singapore, First Secretary and Head of Chancery|
|1990 – 1992||FCO, Head of Cyprus Section, Southern European Department|
|1988 – 1990||FCO, Head of Institutions Section, European Union Department|
|1985 – 1988||Santiago, Second Secretary (Political)|
|1983 – 1985||FCO, Strategic Exports Section|
|1981 – 1983||Los Angeles, Vice-Consul (Commercial)|