Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Eritrea

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Dr Amanda Susannah Tanfield has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Eritrea.

She will succeed Mrs Sandra Tyler-Haywood who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Dr Tanfield will take up her appointment during April 2012.

Dr Tanfield joined the FCO in 1998 after ten years as a scientist in the Ministry of Defence. Her career to date has focused on multilateral security issues such as arms control and drugs and crime, including in a regional context.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Eritrea, Dr Tanfield has said:

“I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as Britain’s next Ambassador to Eritrea, which is a beautiful country, though not without its challenges. I look forward to developing the UK’s bilateral relationship with Eritrea and to getting to know its people and culture.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Dr Amanda Susannah Tanfield

Married to:

Matthew Vernon Connolly

April 11 - Oct 11

FCO, Libya Crisis Unit

May 08 - April 11

FCO, Head of Drugs and International Crime Department

Dec 03 - Dec 07

UKDel OSCE Vienna, Counsellor & Deputy Head of Mission

May 01 - May 03 FCO, Head of Iraq Policy, Middle East Department

Mar 98 - April 01

FCO, Head of UNSCOM & Regional Proliferation, Non Proliferation Department

1995 - 1998

MoD, Principal, Resources and Programmes (Air)

1992 - 1995

MoD, Principal, Directorate of Defence Policy

1988 - 1992

Other MoD posts