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Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Albania

Mr Nicholas Cannon OBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Albania.

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He will succeed Ms Fiona McIlwham who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Cannon will take up his appointment during March 2012.

Mr Cannon joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1988 and has served in Paris, Nicosia, Islamabad and most recently as Ambassador to Rwanda (High Commissioner after Rwanda joined the Commonwealth in 2009) and Ambassador (non-resident) to Burundi.

On his appointment as Ambassador to Albania, Mr Cannon said:

“It is a great honour to be appointed to this post in this the 100th year of the Independence of Albania. I look forward to working to improve still further the excellent relations between the Republic of Albania and the United Kingdom.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Nicholas Cannon


Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Rwanda and Her Majesty’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Burundi


FCO, Deputy Head, Africa Department (Southern)


10 Downing Street, Assistant Private Secretary


Islamabad, First Secretary


FCO, Section Head, Southern European Department


Nicosia, Second Secretary (Political)


FCO, Desk Officer, European Community Department


Paris, Third Secretary (Political)


FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Hong Kong Department


FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Economic Relations Department

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Published 13 February 2012