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

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Mr Michael Aron has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq.

He will succeed Mr John Jenkins CMG LVO who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Aron will take up his appointment with immediate effect.

Mr Aron joined the FCO in 1984 and served at the British Embassies in Brasilia and Amman and at the UK Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and the Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels before becoming Ambassador to Kuwait in 2008.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, Mr Aron said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this appointment. I aim to promote British commercial, economic, political and security interests in Iraq and to help Iraq play a positive role in the Middle East region at a time of unprecedented change.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Michael Aron

Married to: Rachel Aron


Rebecca, Joseph, Jonathan and Natasha

June 2011 - Present

HMA, British Embassy Baghdad

Jan 2010 - Jun 2011

FCO, Head of Middle East Department

2008 - 2009

Kuwait, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2006 - 2008

Brussels, EU Director and Head of Scottish Government EU Office

2002 - 2006

UKRep Brussels, Political Counsellor

1999 - 2002

Amman, Deputy Head of Mission

1997 - 1999

FCO, Head of Comprehensive Spending Review Team (1997-98) and then Head of Management Consultancy Services (1998-99)

1996 - 1997

FCO, Deputy Head of Middle East Department

1993 - 1996

UKMis New York, First Secretary Middle East and Cyprus

1991 - 1993

FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Peace Process, Near East and North Africa Department

1988 - 1991

Brasilia, First Secretary Commercial and Economic

1986 - 1988

FCO, Desk Officer ECD(I)


Secondment to European Commission


UKMis New York, Conference Support Officer 1985 General Assembly

1984 - 1985

FCO, Assistant Desk Officer for Iran, Middle East Department