He will succeed Frances Guy who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Fletcher will take up his appointment during August 2011.
Mr Fletcher served as the Prime Minister’s Foreign Policy Adviser and Principal Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs in Downing Street from 2007-2011, working with three Prime Ministers. In this period, he was also the Prime Minister’s principal No 10 adviser on Northern Ireland.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, Mr Fletcher said:
“I am thrilled to be coming to Lebanon at such a pivotal period, and will do all I can to support our shared objectives of political and economic stability and protection of democratic and human rights.”
Welcoming Fletcher’s appointment at an event in Downing Street, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“I am determined to further enhance our relationship with Lebanon and the wider Middle East, and Tom’s appointment reflects that. At a time when our understanding of the region matters more than ever, I am sure he will bring the same energy and expertise to the role that he brought to his time in Downing Street”.
Tom Fletcher was appointed CMG in the 2011 New Year’s honours, for his contribution to British foreign policy and to stability in Northern Ireland.
Thomas Stuart Francis Fletcher
Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister’s principal adviser on Northern Ireland
British Embassy Paris, First Secretary
FCO, Private Secretary to FCO Ministers Baroness Amos and Chris Mullin
British High Commission Nairobi, Second Secretary Political
FCO, Desk Officer, Middle East Peace Process