Ms Dianna Patricia Melrose has been appointed British High Commissioner to the United Republic of Tanzania.
She will succeed Ms Diane Corner who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Melrose will take up her appointment during February or March 2013 and will also be UK representative to the East African Community.
Ms Melrose was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Cuba until July this year. She joined the FCO in 1999 and has since worked as Head of the FCO Policy Planning Staff and as Head of EU Enlargement. She has extensive international development experience and a long standing interest in working closely with African partners to achieve positive change, including as Head of International Trade at DFID, and previously as Oxfam GB Policy Director.
On her appointment Ms Melrose said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed British High Commissioner to the United Republic of Tanzania. It is a country with great potential, with which the UK has a strong partnership.
“I am greatly looking forward to working in Tanzania to further strengthen our political and economic relations and achieve our shared prosperity and security objectives, including in the wider region.”
|Full name||Dianna Patricia Melrose|
|Children||Two Sons, Tom (24) and Ben (22)|
|2008 – 2012||Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Havana|
|2006 – 2008||FCO, Head of Enlargement & SE Europe Group, Europe Directorate|
|2003 – 2006||DFID, Head International Trade Department|
|2002||DFID, Head, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative|
|2000 – 2002||FCO, Head of Policy Planning Staff|
|1999 – 2000||FCO, Deputy Head of Policy Planning Staff|
|1992 – 1998||Oxfam GB Policy Director|
|1980 - 1992||Oxfam Head of Public Affairs and Policy Adviser|
|1978 - 1979||British Council|
|1974 - 1978||C.E. Heath & Co, and Noram Investment Services|