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Ms Sophie Honey has had to delay the start of her posting as HM Ambassador to Slovenia and will now start in early 2015, following maternity leave. She said:
“I am very happy to be expecting another baby, but also sorry not to be able to come to Slovenia just yet. I have met wonderful people in preparing for the posting – both in Ljubljana and amongst the Slovene community in the UK - and now look forward to starting early next year.”
Mr James Hilton is currently Charge d’Affaires. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office will be appointing a further Charge d’Affaires to cover for Ms Honey and lead the Embassy until she starts in early 2015. We look forward to continued strong cooperation with the Slovene Government, as a close EU ally.
Note to editors:
Ms Honey joined the FCO in 1999 following a degree in physics and several years in the private sector. She has worked on a wide range of issues, most recently leading the policy team covering Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan and the Middle East Peace Process. She has served in Zimbabwe, heading the political team from 2001-04, and Mexico. She has spent most of the last nine years in London working as Private Secretary to the Minister for Europe, on counter-terrorism and the Middle East. She will be working in London until July as well as taking lessons in Slovene.
Sophie Honey will succeed Andrew Page, who finished his posting to Slovenia in December 2013.