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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bahrain

Mr Simon Martin has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Simon Martin

Mr Simon Martin has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain in succession to Mr Iain Lindsay OBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Martin will take up his appointment during September 2015.

Mr Martin joined the FCO in 1984 and served in London, Rangoon, Budapest and Prague in a number of policy and commercial roles. His most recent role was as Deputy Private Secretary to Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr Martin has said:

I am delighted and honoured to be asked to represent the United Kingdom in Bahrain. Our two Kingdoms share a long and special history. I look forward to the celebration of the bicentenary of our relationship in 2016. We are strong partners in many fields. I also look forward to working closely with the Government of Bahrain to develop our relationship still further, in the interests of our two countries and peoples.


Full name: Simon Martin
Partner: Sophie Pike
Children: One son & one daughter
2012 – present Clarence House, Deputy Private Secretary to TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
2009 – 2012 FCO, Director Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Protocol Directorate
2005 – 2009 Prague, Deputy Head of Mission
2003 – 2005 Unilever plc Africa Business Group, Corporate Relations Adviser
2001 – 2003 FCO, Deputy Head, Southern European Department
1995 – 2001 Language training (Hungarian) followed by Budapest, Head of Commercial Section
1993 –1995 FCO, Head of Middle East Terrorism and Lockerbie Section, Security Coordination Department
1991 – 1993 FCO, Head of Multilateral Section, Drugs and International Crime Department
1990 – 1991 FCO, Gulf War Emergency Unit
1986 – 1990 Language training (Burmese) followed by Rangoon, Second Secretary and Vice Consul
1985 – 1986 FCO, South Africa Sanctions Desk Officer, Southern African Department
1984 – 1985 FCO, Desk Officer for Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi and Sao Tome and Principe, Central African Department
1984 Joined FCO

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Published 6 February 2015