Press release

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to El Salvador

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

Mr Bernhard Garside has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

Mr Bernhard Garside has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador in succession to Mrs Linda Cross MBE, who has retired from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Garside is expected to take up his appointment during January 2015.

Mr Garside joined the FCO in 1983 and was most recently Deputy Ambassador to Algeria. He has previously served in Latin America with a posting to Cuba.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador, Mr Garside has said:

I am delighted to have been appointed as British Ambassador to the Republic of El Salvador.

El Salvador is a key player on a variety of regional and Central American issues. I look forward to taking our relations to a new level across the range of mutual interests and getting to know this beautiful and diverse country.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Bernhard Herbert Garside
Married to: Jennifer Susan Garside
Children: 2 daughters, 1 son
2011 – present Algiers, Deputy Head of Mission
2008 – 2010 FCO, Business Change Manager, Finance Directorate
2007 – 2008 Khartoum, Migration Delivery Officer to Sudan
2007 FCO, Head of Illegal Immigration and Asylum Team, Migration Directorate
2003 – 2007 Amsterdam, Consul General
1999 – 2002 Havana, Her Majesty’s Consul
1997 – 1999 FCO, Head of The Queen’s Messengers
1995 – 1997 FCO, Head of Diplomatic Bag Services
1994 – 1995 FCO, Desk Officer, Non Proliferation Department
1990 – 1994 Lagos, Entry Clearance Officer
1987 – 1990 Dubai, Assistant Administration Officer
1986 – 1987 Masirah, Assistant Administration Officer
1985 – 1986 Clerk, West Indian & Atlantic Department
1983 – 1985 Clerk, Trade Relations & Exports Department
1983 Joined FCO