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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua

Mrs Sharon Isabel Campbell has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica and her husband Mr Christopher John Campbell has been appointed Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua.

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They will succeed to Mr Tom Kennedy who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. They will take up their appointments during August 2011.

Sharon and Chris Campbell are career diplomats having joined the FCO in 1983 and 1982 respectively. They have held a range of positions in bilateral and multilateral missions overseas, including four joint postings. Their work has covered a wider range of issues including consular, political and international security policy, commercial diplomacy, immigration work and corporate services. Their most recent London positions have been as Deputy Head of Consular Resources and Head of Peacekeeping in Conflict Group respectively. They have also both previously worked in Ministers private offices in London.

On their appointments as Ambassador to Costa Rica and Non-Resident Ambassador to Nicaragua, Mr and Mrs Campbell have said:

“We are delighted and honoured to be appointed to these positions. It is an exciting time given the FCO’s renewed focus on Latin America through its ‘Prosperity Agenda’. We also look forward to supporting the already strong trade links with Costa Rica and further developing our commercial partnerships with Nicaragua. Building on the existing links and cooperation between the UK and these two countries, we are looking forward to working closely with both governments on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and benefit.”

Curriculum Vitaes

Full name:

Sharon Isabel Campbell

2008 - present

FCO, Deputy Head, Consular Resources Group

2003 - 2007

Brussels, Deputy Head, Joint Management Office

2000 - 2003

Caracas, Senior Management Officer / HM Consul

1996 - 1999

FCO, Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of State

1992 - 1995

Jakarta, Vice Consul

1988 - 1992

Dhaka, Third Secretary Management

1986 - 1988

FCO, Desk Officer, Finance Department

1985 - 1985

Warsaw, Third Secretary

1984 - 1985

FCO, Minister of State’s Office

1983 - 1984

FCO, Trade Relations & Exports Department


Joined FCO

Full name:

Christopher John Campbell

Married to:

Sharon Isabel Campbell

2009 - present

FCO, Head of Peacekeeping, Conflict Group

2008 - -2009

FCO, Strategy Manager, International Military Capacity Building, Conflict Group

2003 - 2007

Brussels, Second Secretary, External Relations Policy, UKDEL NATO

1999 - 2003

Caracas, Second Secretary, Commercial

1995 - 1998

FCO, Desk Officer, Polar Regions Section, Overseas Territories Department

1992 - 1995

Jakarta, Third Secretary, Management

1988 - 1992

Dhaka, Third Secretary, Immigration

1985 - 1988

Khartoum, Accountant

1984 - 1985

FCO, Secretary of State’s Private Office

1982 - 1984

FCO, North America Department


Joined FCO

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Published 23 June 2011