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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Switzerland

Mr David John Moran has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Switzerland and non-resident Ambassador to Liechtenstein.

He will succeed Ms Sarah Gillett, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Moran will take up his appointment during December 2013.

Mr Moran joined the FCO in 1985 and has previously served as Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and (non-resident) the Kyrgyz Republic. In the mid-1990s in London he was responsible for managing bilateral relations with both Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He has also been posted to Nairobi, Moscow, and Paris. He is currently Chargé d’Affaires in Tbilisi, Georgia. Prior to joining the Foreign Office, Mr Moran was a professional blues pianist.

On his appointment, Mr Moran has said:

I am delighted to have been appointed Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Both countries are important partners to Britain, and we have many common interests. I look forward to working together to strengthen the relationships further.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: David John Moran
Married to: Carol Ann Marquis
Dates Post
2013 - present Tbilisi, Chargé d’Affaires with personal rank of ambassador
2009 - 2012 Astana, HM Ambassador
2008 - 2009 Cabinet Office, Deputy Director for Early Warning & Transnational Issues
2007 - 2008 FCO, Human Resources Directorate
2005 - 2007 Tashkent, HM Ambassador
2001 - 2005 Paris, Deputy UK Permanent Representative to OECD
1998 - 2000 FCO, Head of EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Justice & Home Affairs Sections, European Union Department (Internal)
1996 - 1998 FCO, Head of France and Switzerland Section, Western European Department
1993 - 1996 Moscow, First Secretary (Know How Fund)
1991 - 1993 FCO, Head of IMF/Debt Section, Economic Relations Department
1988 - 1991 Nairobi, Second Secretary, British Development Division in East Africa
1987 - 1988 Overseas Development Administration, Press Spokesman, Information Department
1986 - 1987 Overseas Development Administration, Higher Executive Officer, Finance Department
1985 - 1986 Overseas Development Administration, Assistant Desk Officer (Zimbabwe/Africa General), Central and Southern Africa Department
1985 Department of Trade and Industry, Executive Officer, Office of Telecommunications