Gareth Ward joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996. He has served in British Embassies in Russia and China. He took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador in Hanoi in August 2018.
Ambassador Ward is focused on promoting free trade and ensuring increased British exports to Vietnam; co-operating with Vietnam through the UN and other multilateral organisations to ensure global peace and security; and on supporting British tourists and businesspeople as they increasingly choose to visit Vietnam.
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Full name: Gareth Edward Ward
Married to: Olena Ward
2013 – present FCO, Head of China Department
2010 – 2013 St Petersburg, Her Majesty’s Consul General
2007 – 2010 Beijing, First Secretary, Head of Foreign and Security Policy Team
2004 – 2006 FCO, Section Head for Justice and Home Affairs, Europe Directorate
2003 – 2004 FCO, Section Head for Germany and Austria, Europe Directorate
1998 – 2002 Moscow, Second Secretary Development
1996 – 1997 FCO, Desk Officer for Hungary and Bulgaria
1996 Joined FCO
British Ambassador to Vietnam
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.