Joined the FCO in 1990 after two years spent working for the BBC.
Postings have included Germany (1992-1994) and the UN Security Council in New York (1997-2000). Jan also led work on the Balkan wars (1994-1997) and headed the UK department on Afghanistan (2002-2005). After the Asian tsunami she flew to Thailand to establish a temporary British office to help the victims. Before her current appointment she was the UK’s Lead Climate Change Negotiator, with a short break in 2011 when she headed the UK department in the Libya conflict.
Jan is single, likes mountaineering (she has climbed Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp), theater (she also acts herself), and is an avid sports fan. Fluent in French and German, she is now intensively learning Czech.
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British Ambassador to the Czech Republic
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.