A career diplomat, Jessica Hand was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Angola and the Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe in March 2018. Prior to that, she had led UK policy on conventional arms control issues, including the control regimes and arms export licensing at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.
Mrs Hand has a background in political-military and multilateral issues, as well as trade and investment promotion. She has served as Director of UK Trade & Investment, Turkey and HM Consul-General in Istanbul; Director of Operations and HM Consul-General in Moscow; Political Adviser to the Commander of NATO’s Joint Headquarters North; Deputy Head of the FCO’s Non-Proliferation Department in London; HM Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus; and Head of the Sanctions Unit (then part of the United Nations Department) in the FCO in London.
Jessica Hand’s professional history is given in the official announcement of her appointment.
British Ambassador to Angola
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.