He will succeed Mr Andrew Mitchell who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Johnston will take up his appointment during July 2011.
Paul Johnston joined the FCO in 1993. He has since worked mainly on European and international security issues, including the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, the development of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy, NATO and the United Nations, including in New York during the UK’s Presidency of the European Union and the UN World Summit in 2005.
On his appointment as Ambassador to Sweden, Mr Johnston said:
“Sweden is one of the UK’s closest partners in foreign and domestic policy and in trade and investment. I’ve worked with and admired Swedish diplomacy for many years, including during their EU Presidencies in 2001 and 2009. Our governments are committed to an ever-stronger relationship and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work in support of that. On a personal note, my wife and I are looking forward to living and working in one of Europe’s loveliest cities.”
Paul Charles Johnston
Nicola Johnston (nee Maskell)
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UKMIS New York, Head of Political Section
FCO, Head, Security Policy Department
FCO, Deputy Head, EU External Department
FCO, Head Kosovo Policy Team, Eastern Adriatic Department
FCO, Head, Kosovo Policy Team, Eastern Adriatic Department
Paris, Second Secretary
FCO, Bosnia Desk Officer, Eastern Adriatic Group