Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to South Sudan

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Mr Ian Noel Hughes has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan.

He will succeed Dr Alastair McPhail OBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hughes will take up his appointment in March 2013.

Mr Hughes began his diplomatic career in 1982 as Desk Officer for Australia. He has served overseas in Africa, Europe, South Asia and Latin America. He will move to South Sudan after four years in Sierra Leone.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan, Mr Hughes said:

I will be very sorry to leave Sierra Leone, but am naturally very pleased to have this opportunity to represent the United Kingdom in the UN’s newest member state. I look forward to building on the work of the team that helped South Sudan in transition and in its very early days of independence. I hope to put the wide and strong range of relationships they developed to good use to strengthen political, economic and security cooperation between the two countries.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name: Ian Noel Hughes
Married to: Tereasa June née Tinguely
Children: Three
2009 – Present British High Commissioner, Freetown and Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Monrovia
2005 – 2009 Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Guatemala City
2003 – 2005 Deputy High Commissioner, Mumbai
2000 – 2003 Deputy Head of Mission, Mexico City
1997 – 2000 FCO, Deputy Head, Near East and North Africa Department
1993 – 1997 New Delhi, First Secretary Press and Public Affairs
1991 – 1993 FCO, Press Officer, News Department
1990 – 1991 FCO, Middle East Department, Iraq (Multilateral) Desk Officer
1988 – 1990 Berne, First Secretary Political
1985 – 1988 Tegucigalpa, Deputy Head of Mission
1982 – 1985 FCO, Australia Desk Officer