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Change of UK Permanent Representative to NATO

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Mr Adam Thomson CMG has been appointed Permanent Representative to the United Kingdom’s Delegation to NATO.

He will succeed Dame Mariot Leslie DCMG, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Thomson will take up his appointment during the spring of 2014.

Mr Thomson joined the FCO in 1978 and has served in a variety of roles relevant to NATO’s work, including previous work in the UK Delegation to NATO.

On his appointment as Permanent Representative to the United Kingdom’s Delegation to NATO, Mr Thomson has said:

I feel privileged to have been given the chance to serve my country and lead the UK Delegation to NATO, the essential and enduring alliance that is the cornerstone of Britain’s security.

I look forward to doing all I can to maintain and strengthen the United Kingdom’s constructive role in supporting the military and political work of NATO.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Adam Thomson CMG
Married to: Fariba Shirazi Thomson
Children: Three
Period Post
2010 – present Islamabad, High Commissioner
2006 – 2009 FCO, Director, South Asia & Afghanistan
2002 – 2006 New York, UK Mission to the UN, Ambassador & Deputy Permanent Representative
1998 – 2002 FCO, Head, Security Policy Department
1995 – 1998 New Delhi, Counsellor (Political)
1991 – 1995 Washington, First Secretary (Politico-Military)
1989 – 1991 Secondment to the Cabinet Office Assessments Staff
1986 – 1989 FCO, Head, Israel/Lebanon Team
1983 – 1986 Brussels, UK Delegation to NATO, Second (later First) Secretary (Political, Economic & CEP Committees)
1981 – 1983 Moscow, Third (later Second) Secretary (Political)
1980 – 1981 FCO, Desk Officer, East European & Soviet Department
1979 – 1980 Full-time language training (Russian)
1978 – 1979 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Defence Department
1978 Joined FCO

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