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Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain

Mr Iain Lindsay has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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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.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Iain Ferrier Lindsay

Married to:

Bridget Lindsay


One son


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


Joined FCO

Published 14 January 2011