He will succeed Mr Simon Bond who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Ayre will take up his appointment in September 2011.
Mr Ayre joined the FCO in 1986 and has spent much of his career working on Middle East and European Union issues, most recently as Head of the EU Budget and European Councils Team. Mr Ayre’s previous postings include Warsaw, Tel Aviv and Vienna.
On his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Co-operative Republic of Guyana and non-resident Ambassador to Suriname, Mr Ayre said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to these positions. I look forward to working closely with both Governments on our shared interests in a variety of fields including climate change, development, security and human rights whilst promoting further the strong links between our countries as we tackle 21st Century challenges together”.
FCO, Head of European Councils and EU Budget Team, Europe Directorate
Nov 2006-Dec 2008
FCO, Head of Arabian Peninsula Team, Middle East and North Africa Department
Dec 2001-Aug 2006
British Embassy Vienna, Second Secretary (EU)
June 1998-Aug 2001
British Embassy Tel Aviv, Third later Second Secretary (Political)
May 1997-Sept 1997
British Consulate-General Geneva, Entry Clearance Officer/Entry Clearance Manager
Nov 1994-April 1997
British High Commission Nicosia, Entry Clearance Officer/Vice Consul
Nov 1991-Sept 1994
FCO, Travel Policy Officer
Feb 1990-June 1991
British Consulate-General Rio de Janeiro, Assistant Managerment Officer
Feb 1988-Oct 1989
British Embassy Warsaw, Accountant
July 1986-Dec 1987
FCO, Economic Advisers Dept