Ian Cliff has succeeded former British Ambassador to Croatia, Mr David Slinn, who finished his posting on 6 February 2015. Ian will lead the Embassy until the arrival of the new Ambassador to Croatia in mid-2016.
Ian arrived in Croatia from Kosovo, where he had been British Ambassador since March 2011.
He started his career in the late 70’s and served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in South-East Asian Department, Middle East Department and the Permanent Under Secretary’s Department. Overseas he served in the UK Mission to the UN and as Deputy Head of Mission in Austria. In 2001 he was appointed HM Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2001-2005), HM Ambassador to the Sudan (2005-2007), and Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna (2007-2011).
A historian by education, Ian has always been interested in the rich history of the South-East Europe. He is now looking forward to seizing all the opportunities to further develop UK’s relationship with Croatia on a number of important issues both bilaterally, as well as multilaterally within the EU and NATO.
Ian attended Hampton Grammar School and Magdalen College, Oxford (MA Modern History). He is married to Mrs Caroline Cliff and has three children. He is a keen historian, railway enthusiast and stamp collector and enjoys music and art.