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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar

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Mr Nicholas Hopton has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Qatar.

Nicholas Hopton
Nicholas Hopton

He will succeed to Mr Michael O’Neill, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hopton will take up his appointment in July 2013.

Mr Hopton joined the FCO in 1989 and has served most recently as Ambassador to Yemen. He has worked on national security issues in the Cabinet Office, led the International Organisations Department in the FCO and has European policy experience from postings in Paris and Rome and time as Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Hopton has said:

I am delighted to be going to work in Doha at this important time. Qatar is a remarkable country making a huge political and economic impact across the region. The UK values highly the historical relationship that binds our two nations tightly together. I look forward to working with Qatar’s leaders to make our partnership even stronger and more effective.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Nicholas Dunster Hopton
Married to: Alejandra Echenique de Hopton
Children: Two daughters, three sons
Period Post
2012 – 2013 Sana’a, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2011 Full-time language training (Arabic)
2008 – 2011 FCO, Head, International Organisations Department
2008 No 10, Policy Unit
2007 – 2008 Cabinet Office, National Security Strategy Team
2003 – 2007 Paris, Counsellor (EU and Economic)
2000 – 2003 Rome, First Secretary (Foreign and Security Policy)
1998 – 2000 FCO, Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe
1997 – 1998 FCO, Agenda 2000 Section Head, European Union Department (Internal)
1995 – 1997 FCO, Press Officer, News Department / Resource Planning Department
1991 – 1995 Rabat (and Nouakchott), Second Secretary (Political/ Information)
1990 – 1991 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, European Community Department (External)
1989 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Middle East Department
1989 Joined FCO

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Published 30 July 2013