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.
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
1995 – 2001
Trainee and latterly Senior Consultant, Ernst and Young