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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary

Mr Iain Lindsay OBE to become Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary

Ambassador Hungary

Mr Iain Lindsay OBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary in succession to Mr Jonathan Knott, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Lindsay is expected to take up his appointment during April 2016.

Mr Lindsay has been Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain since 2011. He joined the FCO in 1980 and has served in Warsaw, Doha, Tokyo (twice), Canberra, Bucharest and Hong Kong. He was awarded an OBE in 2002.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary Mr Lindsay has said:

I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary. The UK and Hungary are friends, partners and allies. I look forward to working with the Hungarian government and people to strengthen our relations even further.


Full name Iain Ferrier Lindsay OBE
Married to Bridget Clare
Children One son
2011 – present Manama, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2007 - 2011 Hong Kong, Deputy Head of Mission and Director, Trade and Investment
2003 – 2007 Bucharest, Deputy Head of Mission and Political Counsellor
2003 Adviser to Romanian Foreign Minister (on secondment)
2003 Language training (Romanian)
1999 – 2002 FCO, Deputy Head, South Asian Department (including Deputy Head, Afghanistan Emergency Unit following 9/11)
1994 – 1999 Tokyo, First Secretary Political
1991 – 1994 FCO, Head of Baltic Unit, Eastern Department
1989 – 1991 FCO, Australia Desk Officer, South Pacific Department
1986 – 1989 Canberra, Third, later Second Secretary Political
1983 – 1986 Tokyo, Assistant Management Officer
1982 – 1983 Warsaw then Doha, Visa Officer (Temporary Duty)
1981 – 1982 Language training (Japanese)
1980 – 1981 FCO, Desk Officer, Aid Policy Department
1980 Joined FCO

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Published 20 May 2015