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Change of British High Commissioner to Tanzania

Ms Dianna Patricia Melrose has been appointed British High Commissioner to the United Republic of Tanzania.

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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.”

Curriculum Vitae

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

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Published 4 December 2012