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

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Mr Christopher Bruce Holtby OBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia.

He will succeed Mr Peter Leslie Carter who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr Holtby will take up his appointment during January 2012.

Mr Holtby joined the Foreign Office after starting his career with the Ministry of Defence, and has also spent time working in the European Union and at NATO.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, Mr Holtby has said:

“The UK and Estonia are already close Allies and partners with common objectives in a wide range of areas. The UK is grateful in particular for Estonia’s steadfast commitment of armed forces alongside the UK as part of NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan. I look forward very much to building on Peter Carter’s achievements and deepening even further our political and practical partnership across the spectrum of our shared interests during my time in Tallinn.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Christopher Bruce Holtby

Polly Jane Holtby

One son, two daughters


FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department (European Security, NATO, Military and Civil-Military Operations, Maritime Security), and also Chairman of the Operational Co-ordination and Regional Capability Development Working Group of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia


Brussels, Policy Adviser on Asia and the Pacific to EU High Representative Javier Solana and his UK liaison officer, EU Council Secretariat


FCO, Head of Kosovo Section


MOD, Head of Kosovo Review Team


MOD, Head of Policy and Operations Section, Balkans Department


Brussels, Second Secretary, UK Delegation to NATO and the Western European Union


MOD, Desk Officer, Navy Resources and Programmes Department


MOD, Desk Officer, NATO and European Policy Department


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