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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Ms Jan Thompson OBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

She will succeed Ms Sian MacLeod OBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Thompson will take up her appointment during July 2013.

Ms Thompson joined the FCO in 1990 after studying French and German at Durham University, and following two years at the BBC. She has spent most of her career working in the areas of international negotiation, crisis management, and conflict, security and defence policy.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Ms Thompson has said:

I am honoured and delighted to be taking up my post in a country with such rich historical and cultural resonances. I hope to play my part in strengthening further the very close links which exist between our two countries, bilaterally and within the framework of the European Union.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Jan Thompson
Married to: Single
Children: None
Date Post
2012 - present Full time language training (Czech)
2012 - 2012 FCO, Project Leader, Future of FCO Climate Diplomacy
2011 - 2011 FCO, Head, Libya Unit
2010 - 2010 FCO, Head Strategic Defence and Security Review Team
2007 - 2010 Secondment to Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Lead Negotiator, International Climate Negotiations
2005 - 2007 FCO, Comprehensive Spending Review Programme Director
2005 - 2005 FCO, Senior FCO Representative in Scotland for G8 Summit
2005 - 2005 Phuket, Head British Embassy Office
2002 - 2005 FCO, Head Afghanistan Department
2000 - 2002 FCO, Deputy Head United Nations Department
1997 - 2000 UKMis New York, First Secretary (Security Council)
1994 - 1997 FCO, Head of Section, Eastern Adriatic Department
1994 - 1994 Berlin, Temporary Duty
1992 - 1994 Bonn, Second Secretary (Political)
1991 - 1992 Secondment to German MFA
1990 - 1991 FCO, Desk Officer El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica, Latin America Department

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