Rob Fenn was appointed Deputy Head of Mission to Indonesia and Timor Leste in April 2018. Prior to this, he worked as the Head of the FCO’s Human Rights and Democracy Department (HRDD) from March 2014 to 2018.
Indonesia conforms to Rob’s definition of an ideal posting: important to the UK but impossible to understand from London, making the Embassy’s work essential and rewarding. The post also plays to Rob’s career-long interest in the twin themes of diversity and resilience. He believes that they provide the key to thriving amongst the volcanoes and earthquakes – actual and metaphorical – which Indonesia’s spectacular geography, culture and sheer scale provide. The British Embassy Jakarta has deep reserves of both those strengths. Rob has set out to capitalise on and learn from arguably the most diverse team in the whole FCO network.
Rob joined FCO in 1983 and has served in The Hague, Lagos, London (working on South Africa when Mandela got out of jail), New York (human rights), Rome (economy, as Italy entered the Euro), London (working on Turkey / Cyprus / Greece), Nicosia (DHC) and Brunei (High Commissioner).
Rob is married to Julia – secondary school sweetheart and art historian. They have two teenage boys at Brighton College. Rob’s hobbies are videography, armchair cosmology and Spotify.