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Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Mongolia

Miss Thorhilda Mary Vivia Abbott-Watt has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Mongolia.

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She will succeed Mr Wiliam Andrew Dickson who has retired from the Diplomatic Service. Miss Abbott-Watt will take up her appointment with immediate effect.

Miss Abbott-Watt joined the FCO in 1974 and has held a succession of diplomatic posts at home and abroad, as well as short appointments to UKTI and the Ministry of Defence. This is her third posting as Ambassador and her fourth as Head of Mission. It is the second time she has served as Ambassador to Mongolia.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Mongolia, Miss Abbott-Watt said:

“I am delighted to be able to return to work for British interests in a country of growing importance to us, and one where we have many friends. It is a privilege as well as a great pleasure once again to lead the Embassy team.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Thorhilda Mary Vivia Abbott-Watt

May 2010 - present

Ministry of Defence, International Liaison

Sept 09 - April 10

FCO, Finance Directorate

May 08 - April 09 Ulaanbaatar, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

March-April 08

UKTI, Acting Head, Strategy and Innovation Section

March 07 - Feb 08 FCO, Migration Directorate

Oct 06 - March07 FCO, Afghanistan Group

August 2006

Kabul, Acting Head, Political/Military Section

March-June 06

FCO, Conflict Issues Group


Yerevan, Her Majesty’s Ambassador


Dushanbe, Charge d’Affaires


FCO, Head, Visa Policy Section, Joint Entry Clearance Unit


Belgrade, First Secretary Political


Kiev, First Secretary, Head of Commercial Section


FCO, First Secretary, European Union (Internal) Department


Bonn, Second Secretary Political


FCO, Second Secretary, Environment, Maritime, Aviation and Environment Department


United Kingdom Representation to the EU, Third Secretary Political


Paris, British Vice Consul and Entry Clearance Officer


Latin America Floater. Temporary duty in posts in Latin America and the Far and Middle East


FCO, Third Secretary


Joined FCO

Published 3 February 2011