Dr Ian Collard began his role as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Panama in November 2013. Ian has more than a decade’s experience with the British diplomatic service, and has previously served at the United Nations Security Council in New York and at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Ian has represented the UK in international negotiations on topics including proliferation, piracy, conflict and terrorism and has provided policy advice about the UK’s foreign and security policy interests in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In his role in Washington, Ian also represented the interests of the British Overseas Territories in their engagement with the government of the United States.
In his last role in London, Ian was Head of the North America Department at the British foreign ministry – the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) – where he coordinated the UK’s governmental engagement with Canada and the United States. Ian oversaw the activities of the UK’s largest diplomatic network, including the British Embassy in Washington, the British High Commission in Ottawa and 14 other Consulates and government offices in North America. His role covered the full spectrum of international relations, including security, foreign policy and commercial engagement. In the summer of 2012, Ian successfully led the FCO’s security and counter-terrorism activities during the Olympic and Paralymic Games.
Before joining the FCO, Ian worked briefly for the international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List and with Imperial Oil in Canada. He graduated with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and a Doctorate, each in biological and anthropological sciences, from King’s College, Cambridge University. He is married, with four daughters.
British Ambassador to Panama
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.