Mr David Cairns has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden in succession to Mr Paul Johnston, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Cairns will take up his appointment during August 2015.
Mr Cairns joined the FCO in 1993 and has served in Japan and Geneva. Most recently he was the FCO’s Director for Estates and Security. As well as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden he will be the FCO’s Director for the Nordic Baltic region. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Mr Cairns said:
I am honoured and delighted to be appointed as British Ambassador to Sweden and as the FCO’s Nordic Baltic Director. Sweden, and the Nordic Baltic region, are hugely important to the United Kingdom. I am looking forward to working with close friends and allies.
||David Seldon Cairns
||One daughter & one son
|2010 – present
||FCO, Director, Estates & Security, Corporate Services
|2006 – 2010
||Tokyo, Director of Trade & Investment
|2002 – 2006
||Geneva, Head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Section
|2000 – 2002
||FCO, Private Secretary to Ministers for Africa & North Americas
|1999 – 2000
||FCO, Head of Public Diplomacy, Europe Command
|1995 – 1999
||Tokyo, Second Secretary, Commercial
|1993 – 1995
||FCO, Desk Officer, Security Policy Department
|1992 – 1993
||London, Nomura International
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