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.
|Full name||Melanie Hopkins|
|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|
|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.