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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Laos

Mr Hugh Evans has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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HMA Laos Hugh Evans

Mr Hugh Evans has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in succession to Mr Philip Malone LVO, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Evans will take up his appointment during March 2015.

Mr Evans joined the FCO in 1985 and has covered a wide range of policy and management roles. He spent his early career as an FCO Research Analyst working on South and South East Asia and was seconded to the US State Department as a regional expert on Asian affairs. He has since served overseas in Nairobi, Khartoum, Moscow and, most recently, Erbil, in northern Iraq.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Lao People’s Republic, Mr Evans has said

I am delighted to be appointed as British Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The reopening of our Vientiane Embassy in 2012 highlighted the UK’s commitment to building strong ties with this important ASEAN member state and the wider South East Asian Region. It will be a great privilege for me to work to further broaden our bilateral political and economic relations. As Laos prepares to take on the role of chairing ASEAN in 2016, I also look forward to promoting cooperation on a range of international issues.


Full name David Hugh Evans
Married to Nirmala Vinodhini Evans
Children Two daughters
2012 – 2014 Erbil, Her Majesty’s Consul General
2008 – 2012 Moscow, Management Counsellor and Consul General
2006 – 2008 Khartoum, Deputy Head of Mission
2001 – 2005 Nairobi, Head of Political Section
2002 Kabul, Political Officer
1999 – 2000 Confederation of British Industry, Senior Policy Officer
1999 FCO, Deputy Head of North American Department
1995 – 1998 US State Department, Regional Analyst
1991 Cabinet Office, Assessments Staff Officer
1989 – 1990 Islamabad, Second Secretary
1985 – 1994 FCO, Research Analyst for South and South East Asia
1985 Joined FCO

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Published 20 October 2014