She will succeed Mr Martin Shearman who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Blackburne will take up her appointment during August 2012.
Ms Blackburne joined the FCO in 1987 and has held a variety posts in London and abroad. She has previously served overseas in Warsaw, Stockholm, New York (UK Permanent Mission to the UN), Harare and Brussels (UK Permanent Representation to the EU), as well as more recent short-term attachments in Jakarta and Washington. She also spent two years on loan to the Ministry of Justice as Principal Private Secretary to the Justice Secretary.
On her appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Uganda, Ms Blackburne said
“I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed High Commissioner to Uganda. I look forward to having the opportunity to lead the UK’s engagement with Uganda across the wide range of issues where we have shared interests, and to develop further the strong bilateral relationship.”
Washington, Her Majesty’s Consul General and Counsellor Corporate Services (Temporary Duty)
Jakarta, Deputy Head of Mission (Temporary Duty)
Ministry of Justice, Principal Private Secretary to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
UKRep Brussels, Political Counsellor
Harare, Deputy Head of Mission
Stockholm, First Secretary Head of Political/Economic Section
UKMis New York, First Secretary Head of Political/Economic Section
FCO, Head of Russia, Ukraine and Moldova Section, Eastern Department
FCO, Head of Russia External/CIS Section, Eastern Department
FCO, Desk Officer for Common Foreign and Secretary Policy (CFSP) Implementation, CFSP Unit
Warsaw, Third (then Second) Secretary Chancery
FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, East Africa Department