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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine

Ms Judith Gough has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine.

Judith Gough

Ms Judith Gough has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine in succession to Mr Simon Smith, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Gough will take up her appointment during September 2015.

Ms Gough joined the FCO in 2001 and was most recently Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has been engaged with this region for over 20 years and previously served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Tbilisi. Ms Gough has also served in the British Embassy in Seoul and, prior to joining the FCO, worked as a Consultant at Ernst and Young, in Emerging Markets and Financial Services.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine, Ms Gough said:

Ukraine continues to face an unprecedented period of challenge and upheaval, which will shape the long-term future for all Ukrainians and have an impact on the wider region. The United Kingdom has been strong in support of Ukraine’s democratic, prosperous and secure future, and determined in its efforts to help promote reform, peace and stability throughout Ukraine. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to play my part in continuing this work, in leading our Embassy in Ukraine at this critical time.


Full name: Judith Gough
2013 – 2014 FCO, Director, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
2010 – 2012 Tbilisi, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2008 – 2010 FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Group
2007 – 2008 FCO, Deputy Director, Shared Services
2004 – 2007 Seoul, Political Counsellor
2002 – 2004 FCO, Head of Strategic Policy Team, Eastern Adriatic Department
2001 – 2002 FCO, Desk Officer, Gibraltar Policy Team
2001 Joined FCO
1995 – 2001 Trainee and latterly Senior Consultant, Ernst and Young

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Published 26 March 2015