British Ambassador to the Holy See

Sally Axworthy MBE


Sally Axworthy was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See in September 2016. Her previous roles include time as Joint Head of the North Africa Department, Head of the Great Lakes, East Africa & Somalia Department, and Director of Corporate Services in India. Mrs Axworthy took up her appointment in September 2016.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name Sally Axworthy MBE
Children 4
2013 – 2015 FCO, Joint Head, North Africa Department
2011 – 2013 FCO, Head, Somalia Unit
2011 FCO, Head, Great Lakes, East Africa & Somalia Department
2009 – 2011 India, Director, Corporate Services
2008 Full time language training
2007 – 2008 FCO, Head of Financial Skills
2006 Senior flexible working project, Human Resources Directorate
2004 – 2005 Government Office South West, Project Leader, Vulnerable Adults Project
2001 – 2003 Government Office South West, Assistant Director, Devon and Cornwall
1998 – 2000 FCO, Head, Turkey, Cyprus & Malta Section, European Union Department
1996 – 1998 Bonn, First Secretary (European Union)
1994 – 1996 Secondment to the German Foreign Ministry
1993 – 1994 FCO, Head, Political Section, United Nations Department
1991 – 1992 Kiev, Second Secretary Economic
1989 – 1991 Moscow, Third Secretary Commercial
1988 – 1989 Full time language training (Russian)
1987 – 1988 FCO, Desk Officer, Hungary & Czechoslovakia
1986 Joined FCO

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British Ambassador to the Holy See

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.

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