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Change of British High Commissioner to South Africa

Mrs Judith Macgregor CMG LVO has been appointed British High Commissioner to South Africa.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Judith Macgregor

Judith Macgregor

She will succeed Dame Nicola Brewer DCMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Macgregor will take up her appointment during October 2013.

Mrs Macgregor joined the FCO in 1976. She has held a wide range of posts in the FCO, including Desk Officer for Poland and Hungary, Deputy Head of Western European Department, Head of Security Strategy Unit and Director for Migration.

Overseas, she has served as First Secretary in Belgrade, Prague and Paris and was British Ambassador to Slovakia from 2004-7 and British Ambassador to Mexico from 2009-2013. Mrs Macgregor was also Head of Recruitment in the FCO and served as a Chair of the Civil Service Selection Board from 2003-4. She was awarded a CMG in January 2012 for her services to the FCO.

On her appointment as British High Commissioner to South Africa, Mrs Macgregor has said:

I am delighted by my appointment as High Commissioner to Pretoria. Our relationship with South Africa is enormously important, and covers an ever increasing range of activities and co-operation. I look forward to working with the government and people of South Africa to continue to strengthen our warm and long-standing partnership, especially in the areas of prosperity, security and education, and to discovering new opportunities for both our countries.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Judith Anne Macgregor CMG LVO
Married to: John Macgregor CVO
Children: One daughter, three sons
Period Post
2009 – 2013 Mexico City, HM Ambassador
2007 – 2009 FCO Director, Migration
2004 – 2007 Bratislava, HM Ambassador
2003 – 2004 Civil Service Selection Board Chair
2001 – 2003 FCO, Head, Security Strategy Unit
1995 – 2000 Special Unpaid Leave
1993 – 1995 FCO, Deputy Head, Western European Department
1990 – 1993 Paris, First Secretary
1986 – 1990 Special Unpaid Leave (including one year First Secretary (Political), Prague)
1984 – 1986 FCO, Planning Staff
1983 – 1984 FCO, Head of Recruitment
1981 – 1983 FCO, Desk Officer, East European and Soviet Department
1977 – 1980 Belgrade, First Secretary
1976 - 1977 FCO, Desk Officer, East European and Soviet Department

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Published 23 July 2013