British Ambassador to Vietnam

Giles Lever


Mr Lever joined the FCO in 1990 and has worked in a wide range of roles, including in Africa, on the Middle East and North Africa, and on security issues. He has particular experience of East Asia, with previous postings in Vietnam and Japan.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Lever has said:

I’m delighted and honoured to be returning to Vietnam, the country where I started my diplomatic career, as Ambassador. It will be a great privilege to play a role in further advancing Britain’s relations with one of Asia’s most dynamic emerging powers, on the basis of the UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Agreement.

There are huge potential benefits to both countries from broader and deeper cooperation on a range of issues from trade and investment to education. I also look forward to the challenge of bringing my Vietnamese back up to the level demanded by this exciting agenda!

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Mr Giles Lever

Married to: Gill Lever

Children: One daughter, one son

October 2011 – May 2014: Abuja, Deputy High Commissioner

2009 – 2011: Department for International Development, Head, Middle East and North Africa Department

2009: FCO, Strategy Development, Counter-Terrorism Department

2009: Erbil, Acting Consul General

2006 – 2009: FCO, Deputy Head, Iraq Group

2002 – 2006: Tokyo, First Secretary (Political), later Head, Political Section

2000 – 2002: Full-time language training (Japanese)

1997 – 2000: FCO, Head, Export Control Policy Section, Non-Proliferation Department

1993 – 1997: Hanoi, Second Secretary (Political)

1991-1992: FCO, Desk Officer, Thailand/Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia Team, South East Asia Department

1990: 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.


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