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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Belarus

Ms Fionna Gibb has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus

Ms Fionna Gibb has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus in succession to Mr Bruce James Bucknell, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Gibb will take up her appointment during January 2016.

Ms Gibb joined the FCO in 1990 and has held a number of positions in London and overseas. She has worked in Berlin, Kyiv, Mogadishu, Basra - where she was Deputy Consul-General from 2008-2009 - and Sana’a, where she was Deputy Head of Mission from 2010-2012. Her most recent appointment was in London as Deputy Head of the Projects Task Force, covering a range of political, security and cultural issues.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus, Ms Gibb has said:

I am most honoured to be appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Belarus. I look forward very much to working with the Belarusian government and with non-government organisations on a range of issues, including addressing the challenges we collectively face in the pursuit of prosperity, security and human rights in Europe and beyond.


Full name: Fionna Gibb
January 2016 – present Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus
2012 – 2015 FCO, Deputy Head of Projects Task Force
2012 British Office Somalia, Deputy Head of Mission
2010 – 2012 Sana’a, Deputy Head of Mission
2008 – 2009 Basra, Deputy Consul-General
2005 – 2008 FCO, Head of Section, Counter Terrorism Department
2003 – 2005 FCO, Team Leader, Counter Proliferation Department
2001 – 2003 FCO, Head of Section, Environment Policy Department
1999 – 2001 FCO, Assistant Private Secretary, Minister’s Private Office
1995 – 1998 Kyiv, Team Leader
1992 – 1995 Berlin, Vice Consul
1990 – 1992 FCO, Desk Officer
1990 Joined FCO

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