Mr Iain Lindsay has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
He will succeed Mr Jamie Bowden OBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Lindsay will take up his appointment during August 2011.
Iain Lindsay has been Deputy Head of Mission and Director, Trade and Investment at the British Consulate General in Hong Kong since 2007. He joined the FCO in 1980 and has spent much of his career in Asia Pacific, serving in Tokyo (twice), Hong Kong and Canberra. He was Deputy Head of Mission and Political Counsellor in Bucharest from 2003-7, working on Romania’s accession to NATO and the EU. Prior to that he served as a foreign policy adviser to the Romanian Foreign Minister. HM The Queen awarded him an OBE in 2002.
On his appointment as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr Lindsay said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed HM Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. The UK and Bahrain are close friends. I look forward to contributing to the further development of our warm bilateral relations, including helping British companies to play a full part in Bahrain’s ambitious plans for economic development. My wife, Bridget, and I are thrilled at the prospect of living in Bahrain at such an exciting time.”
Iain Ferrier Lindsay
Hong Kong,Deputy Head of Mission and Director, Trade and Investment
Bucharest, Deputy Head of Mission and Political Counsellor
On Secondment as Foreign Policy Adviser to Romanian Foreign Minister, Mircea Geoana
Full-time Romanian language training
FCO, Deputy Head, South Asian Department
1994-1999 Tokyo, First Secretary Political
1991-1994 FCO, Head of Baltic Unit, Eastern Department
FCO, Australia Desk Officer, South Pacific Department
Canberra, Third, later Second Secretary Political
Tokyo, Assistant Management Officer
1982-1983 Warsaw then Doha, Visa Officer (Temporary Duty)
Full-time Japanese language training
1980-1981 FCO, Desk Officer, Aid Policy Department