Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bolivia
James Thornton has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Mr James Thornton has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Plurinational State of Bolivia in succession to Mr Ross Denny, who is transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Thornton will take up his appointment in January 2016.
Mr Thornton joined the FCO in 1989. He has had a broad range of jobs, in London and overseas, including Latin America. He served as Head of Political Section in the British Embassy in Mexico City. He was British High Commissioner in Lusaka until August 2015.
On his appointment as Ambassador to Bolivia, Mr Thornton said:
I am delighted to be returning to Bolivia, this time as British Ambassador, having first visited the country in 1986. Bolivia is a fascinating country that has been embracing important changes under the leadership of President Morales. Its economy has grown rapidly over the last few years, bringing many benefits to its people. I look forward to working with Bolivia’s government to strengthen its political and commercial ties with the United Kingdom.
|Full name||James Sebastian Thornton|
|2012 – 2015||Lusaka, British High Commissioner|
|2007 – 2011||UKDel OECD, Deputy Head of Mission|
|2005 – 2007||FCO/DfID Sudan Unit, Deputy Head of Department|
|2003 – 2004||Abidjan, Deputy Head of Mission|
|2000 – 2003||Mexico City, Head of Political Section|
|1997 – 1999||FCO, Head of War Crimes Section, United Nations Department|
|1995 – 1996||FCO, Permanent Under-Secretary’s Department|
|1994 – 1995||FCO, North Africa Desk Officer, Near East and North Africa Department|
|1992 – 1994||Algiers, Second Secretary Political/Economic/Commercial|
|1991||UKMis New York|
|1990 – 1991||FCO, Non-Nuclear Energy Desk Officer, Environment, Science and Energy Department|
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