He will succeed Dr Carolyn Browne who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Bateman will take up his appointment during September 2011.
Mr Bateman has been British Ambassador in Luxembourg since 2007. He joined the FCO in 1984 and has served in Tokyo (twice); Berlin; and La Paz. He has also spent time on secondment to the private sector as Deputy Chief Executive of the body charged with promoting the City of London overseas (International Financial Services London).
On his appointment as Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr Bateman said:
“It is a privilege and an honour to have been appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan. The United Kingdom and Azerbaijan are ever-closer partners in a wide variety of areas and I look forward immensely to strengthening that partnership in any way I can. My wife, Andrea, and I are delighted at the prospect of exploring this beautiful country and making many new Azerbaijani friends in the process.”
Andrea Bateman (nee Subercaseaux)
Luxembourg, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
La Paz, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
Secondment to City of London as Deputy Chief Executive, International Financial Services London
Tokyo, Director Trade and Investment
British Embassy Berlin Office, Head of Commercial Section
FCO, Head, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Section
FCO Spokesperson (Africa and Consular beat)
Tokyo, First Secretary Political
Full-time Japanese language training
FCO, Assistant Desk Officer (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda), East Africa Department