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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Sweden

David Cairns has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden.

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David Cairns

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.


Full name: David Seldon Cairns
Married to: Sharon Anouk
Children: 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
1993 Joined FCO
1992 – 1993 London, Nomura International

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Published 8 January 2015