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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Oman

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Mr Jonathan Wilks CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman

Mr Jonathan Wilks CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman in succession to Mr Jamie Bowden, who has taken up an appointment as Deputy Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Mr Wilks will take up his appointment during December 2014.

Mr Wilks joined the FCO in 1989 and has held 2 previous Ambassadorial level postings: from 2012-2014 as UK Special Representative for Syria and 2010-2011 as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Yemen.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr Wilks has said:

I am delighted to take up this post. I have visited Oman many times in the past 20 years. It is a country I know and love, though this is the first time I have worked at the Embassy. It is an honour to have the opportunity to build on our historic relationship and to ensure that the UK remains a loyal ally and trusted friend of Oman.


Full name: Jonathan Paul Wilks CMG
2014 – present Muscat, Chargé d’Affaires
2012 - 2014 UK Special Envoy for Syria
2012 Shrivenham, Higher Command and Staff Course
2010 – 2011 Sana’a, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2009 – 2010 Baghdad, Deputy Head of Mission
2007 – 2009 Dubai, British Government Arabic Spokesman
2005 – 2007 FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Group
2004 – 2005 FCO, Deputy Head (Political), Iraq Group
2003 Baghdad, Deputy Head, British Office
2002 – 2003 Cabinet Office (secondment), Iraq Analyst, Assessments Staff
1999 – 2002 Special Unpaid Leave (Academic Sabbatical)
1996 – 1999 Riyadh, First Secretary (Economic)
1993 – 1996 Khartoum, Second Secretary (Political and Press and Public Affairs)
1991 – 1993 London and Cairo, Full time Arabic language training
1990 – 1991 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer Iran, Middle East Department
1989 Joined FCO

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