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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

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Mr Bill Longhurst has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

He will succeed Mr Mark Gooding, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Longhurst will take up his appointment during January 2014.

Mr Longhurst joined the FCO in 1990 and has served overseas in Europe, Asia-Pacific (Seoul and Tokyo), and with the UK Mission to the UN in New York.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr Longhurst has said:

I am honoured and delighted to be appointed to serve as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, a country at the heart of the dynamic region of South-East Asia. I look forward to deepening all aspects of our bilateral relationship, such as trade and investment development, and cooperation on governance issues, as well as witnessing the exciting developments underway in economic integration and connectivity within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: William Jesse Longhurst
Married to: Kathryn Scheding
Children: Four
Dates Post
Aug 2011 – present FCO, Deputy Head of ASEAN Department
Mar 2007 – Aug 2011 Belgrade, Deputy Head of Mission and HM Consul General
Aug 2006 – Mar 2007 Full-time language training (Serbian)
Jun 2001 – Aug 2006 New York, First Secretary (Finance and Management Reform), UK Mission to the United Nations
Aug 1998 – Jun 2001 Secondment to Department of Trade and Industry, Head of Exports to Japan Unit
Dec 1995 – Aug 1998 Tokyo, First Secretary (Commercial)
Jan 1992 – Sep 1995 Seoul, Third Secretary (Economic), later Second Secretary (Political/Information), following full-time language training (Korean)
Jan 1991 – Dec 1991 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Economic Relations Department
Nov 1990 Joined FCO

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