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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Guatemala

Mr Thomas Carter is to succeed Mrs Sarah Dickson as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala

Tom Carter

Mr Thomas Carter has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala in succession to Mrs Sarah Dickson, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Carter will take up his appointment during August 2015.

Mr Carter joined the FCO in 1976 and most recently was responsible for the FCO’s global consular policy. Prior to that he worked on the London 2012 Olympic Games, after completing a four year posting as joint British High Commissioner to Zambia with his wife, Carolyn Davidson. He has had a variety of previous postings in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala, Mr Carter said:

It is a great honour to be appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Guatemala. I look forward to deepening yet further our dialogue and partnership with Guatemala to promote our mutual security and prosperity.


Full name Thomas Henry Carter
Married to Carolyn Jayne Davidson
Children Two sons
2012 – 2014 FCO, Deputy Head, Consular Assistance Department
2012 FCO, Silver lead, FCO 2012 Olympics Coordination Centre
2012 Lilongwe, Acting British High Commissioner
2008 – 2012 Lusaka, British High Commissioner (job-share with his wife)
2003 – 2008 Bratislava, Deputy Head of Mission (job-share with his wife)
1999 – 2003 Bangkok, Head of Political Section
1997 – 1999 FCO, Head of South Pacific Section, Far Eastern and Pacific Department
1995 – 1997 FCO, Head of Multilateral and Central Asia Section, Eastern Department
1990 – 1995 Bonn, First Secretary
1990 Paris, First Secretary
1988 – 1989 FCO, Desk Officer, Central Africa Department
1987 – 1988 FCO, Private Secretary to Political Director
1986 UK Mission to UN, New York, Third Committee
1983 – 1986 Bogotá, Second Secretary
1979 – 1982 Paris, Third Secretary
1978 – 1979 Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris
1977 – 1978 FCO, Desk Officer, Southern Africa Department
1976 – 1977 FCO, Sponsored Visits Officer
1976 Joined FCO

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Published 22 June 2015