Mr Jamie Bowden has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman.
He will succeed Dr Noel Guckian OBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Bowden will take up his appointment during September 2011.
Jamie Bowden joined the FCO from the Army in 1986. He has served in a number of home and overseas appointments, mostly in the Arab world. This is his second Ambassadorial appointment: he is currently Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain.
On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Mr Bowden has said:
“I am delighted and deeply honoured to be appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Oman. I much look forward to assuming my duties and to working in a country with which the United Kingdom has such an outstandingly warm and strong relationship”
Jamie Nicholas Geoffrey Bowden
Bahrain, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
Baghdad, Deputy Head of Mission Baghdad (six months detachment from Kuwait)
Kuwait,Deputy Head of Mission
Riyadh, First Secretary (Economic and Commercial)
Washington, First Secretary (Political) (covering Middle East affairs and counter terrorism policy)
FCO, Head of Political Section, UN Department
Khartoum, Second Secretary (Political and Information)
Deputy, later Acting, CG Aden
London and Cairo, Full-time Arabic Language training
FCO, Desk Officer, Republic of Ireland Department
Army Officer, The Royal Green Jackets