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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Venezuela

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Mr John Saville has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Mr John Saville has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in succession to Ms Catherine Nettleton OBE who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Saville will take up his appointment during October 2014

Mr Saville joined the FCO in 1981 and has had a range of Diplomatic Service appointments including as Deputy Head of Mission in Cuba and as High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam. His most recent appointment was as Acting Managing Director Trade in UKTI.

On his appointment as Ambassador to Venezuela, Mr Saville said “I am delighted to be returning to Latin America and to have been given the opportunity to work with the government and people of Venezuela on shared objectives and issues that matter to both countries. We have a long standing relationship in a number of areas and I look forward to building further on our links”


Full name John Donald William Saville
Married to Fabiola Moreno de Alboran
Children 1 daughter
2013 – present UKTI, Acting Managing Director
2010 – present UKTI, Director Asia, Global High Growth, Markets and Mass Transport
2009 – 2010 FCO, Head, Climate Change Project, Climate Change Department
2005 – 2009 Bandar Seri Begawan, High Commissioner
2004 FCO, Head, WMD Review Unit
2000 – 2003 Havana, Deputy Head of Mission
1998 – 2000 FCO, Head of Commonwealth and Burma Section, South East Asia Department
1995 – 1998 Vienna, First Secretary
1991 – 1994 FCO, Non Proliferation Department
1988 – 1991 Warsaw, Second Secretary, later First Secretary
1985 – 1988 FCO, Southern European Department
1983 – 1985 Jakarta, Third Secretary, later Second Secretary
1981 – 1982 FCO, Desk Officer, Southern Africa Department
1981 Joined the FCO

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