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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.
Ian Noel Hughes
Tereasa June née Tinguely
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