British High Commissioner to Fiji

Melanie Hopkins


Ms Melanie Hopkins has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji, non-resident High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga, the Republic of Kiribati, to Tuvalu and non-resident Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Ms Hopkins will succeed Mr Roderick Drummond, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. She will additionally be Head of the South Pacific Network, leading the UK’s engagement with the region. Ms Hopkins will take up her appointment during September 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name Melanie Hopkins
Partner Alessandro Truppia
Children Two daughters
2014 – present FCO, Deputy Head, Security Policy Department
2012 – 2014 FCO, Head of Australasia and Pacific, Asia Pacific Department
2012 FCO, Head of Common Security & Defence Policy, Europe Directorate
2008 – 2011 UK Mission to the UN Geneva, Second Secretary
2004 – 2007 Havana, Head of Political Section and Press & Public Affairs
2004 Secondment to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2003 – 2004 FCO, Desk Officer for Turkey, Europe Directorate
2002 – 2003 FCO, Desk Officer, Capital Unit, Finance Directorate
2003 Joined FCO
1997 – 2002 Private sector

British High Commissioner to Fiji

The High Commisioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.


  1. High Commissioner’s Speech at the 2018 Fiji National Climate Day
  2. Address during a visit by UK Parliamentary delegation to enhance the capabilities of the Fijian Parliament
  3. Address for UK's Inaugural Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme