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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See

Mr Nigel Marcus Baker OBE MVO has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Holy See.

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He will succeed Mr Francis Campbell who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Baker will take up his appointment during August 2011.

Mr Baker is a career member of HM Diplomatic Service. He joined the FCO in 1989, since when his career has taken him principally to Central Europe and Latin America, most recently as HM Ambassador to Bolivia. Mr Baker also worked in the Private Office of HRH The Prince of Wales from 2003 to 2006. Between 1996 and 1998 he lived and worked in Italy on an academic sabbatical.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Mr Baker has said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be taking up this posting. The last few years have seen the development of a strong and fruitful global partnership between the United Kingdom and the Holy See.

“The historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010 reinforced that relationship and opened new avenues for bilateral and multilateral collaboration. I look forward to the challenge of deepening our engagement across the many issues on which we work together.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Nigel Marcus Baker OBE MVO

Sep 2007 - to present

British Embassy La Paz, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

Oct 2003 - Nov 2006

British Embassy Havana, Deputy Head of Mission

Jun 2000 - Apr 2003
Assistant Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales

Jun 1998 - Jun 2000

FCO, Head of European Defence Section, Security Policy Department

Mar 1998 - Jun 1998

FCO, UK EU Presidency

Aug 1993 - Jan 1996

British Embassy Bratislava, Deputy Head of Mission

Feb 1992 - Aug 1993

British Embassy Prague, Second Secretary (Economic),

Jun 1990 - Jun 1991 FCO, Desk Officer, Near East and North Africa Department

September 1989 Joined Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Updates to this page

Published 15 April 2011