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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

Mr Simon Smith CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Korea.

Simon Smith

Mr Simon Smith CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea in succession to Mr Charles Hay MVO, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Smith will take up his appointment during March 2018.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name Simon John Meredith Smith CMG
Married to Sian Rosemary Stickings MBE
Children Two daughters
2016 – present Language training (Korean)
2015 – 2016 FCO, Leader, Review of Buildings Security
2012 – 2015 Kyiv, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2007 – 2012 Vienna, Her Majesty’s Ambassador & UK Permanent Representative to the UN
2004 – 2007 FCO, Director, Russia, South Caucasus and Central Asia Directorate /Head of Eastern Department
2002 – 2004 FCO, Head of North East Asia & Pacific Department
1998 – 2002 Moscow, Counsellor (Economic/Commercial)
1997 – 1998 Language training (Russian)
1995 – 1997 FCO, Deputy Head of Southern Europe Department
1994 – 1995 FCO, Speechwriter to the Foreign Secretary
1992 – 1994 FCO, Head of Nuclear Policy Section, Security Policy Department
1989 – 1992 Tokyo, Second Secretary, later First Secretary
1987 – 1989 Language training (Japanese)
1986 – 1987 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, East Africa Department
1986 Joined FCO
1981 – 1986 Department of Employment

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Published 3 February 2017