British High Commissioner to Kenya

Nic Hailey


Mr Nic Hailey has been British High Commissioner to Kenya since December 2015.

Prior to taking up his current position he was Director, Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). In that role he had responsibility for all UK policy towards, and operations in, 48 countries across Africa.

Mr. Hailey joined the FCO in 1997. He has held various positions in the Foreign Office: Deputy Ambassador – Kabul; Counsellor, Political, Economics & Communication Group - Washington; Head of Strategy, Communication & Training Department, FCO Consular Directorate; speech writer to the Foreign Secretary; Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Ambassador - Paris followed by Berlin; Secondment to École nationale d’adminstration, Paris; and Desk Officer, European Union Directorate.

He is married with two children.

British High Commissioner to Kenya

The High Commissioner 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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kabul

    • 2012 to 2013


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