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Change of British High Commissioner to Canada

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”.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Howard Ronald Drake
Married to: Gill
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)

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