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BECKETT: SENIOR DIPLOMATIC SERVICE APPOINTMENTS (11/12/06)

On the appointment of new heads of mission to the British Embassy in Washington, the UK's Permanent Representation to the United Nations in New York and the UK's Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, The Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett, has said:

'These are crucial posts for advancing British interests abroad. I am delighted that three such experienced and professional members of the Diplomatic Service have been appointed. I am sure they will do a splendid job.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald KCMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States of America in succession to Sir David Manning KCMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Sir Nigel will take up his new appointment in the autumn of 2007.

Mr John Sawers CMG has been appointed as the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in succession to Sir Emyr Jones Parry KCMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Mr Sawers will hold the personal rank of Ambassador and will take up his new appointment in summer 2007.

Mr Kim Darroch CMG has been appointed as the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the European Union at Brussels in succession to Sir John Grant KCMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Darroch will hold the personal rank of Ambassador and will take up his new appointment in autumn 2007.

The curriculum vitae of the three appointees are:

Name: Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald KCMG
Date of Birth: 26 June 1953
Married to: Julia
Children: three sons 1984, 1985, 1987

2003 - Present Foreign Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office Overseas and Defence Secretariat.
2000 - 2003 Brussels, UK Perm Rep to the EU
1998 - 2000 FCO, Europe Director
1995 - 1998 FCO, Head of News Department
1993 - 1995 Brussels (EU), Head of UK Representation's Political and Institutional Section
1989 - 1992 FCO, Deputy Head European Union Department (Internal)
1987 - 1989 FCO, Deputy Head, Policy Planning Staff
1983 - 1987 Washington, Political Section
1981 - 1983 FCO, Head of Anglo-Soviet Section
1979 - 1981 Rhodesia/Zimbabwe Department
1978 - 1979 Moscow, Political Section
1977 - 1978 Russian language training
1976 - 1977 FCO, Japan Desk

Name: Robert John Sawers CMG
Date of Birth: 26 July 1955
Married to: Shelley
Children: two sons 1983, 1985, one daughter 1987

2003 - present FCO, Director General for Political Affairs
2003 - 2003 Baghdad, UK Special Representative
2001 - 2003 Cairo, Ambassador
1999 - 2001 Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister
1996 - 1999 Washington, Counsellor for Foreign and Defence Policy
1995 - 1996 Harvard, sabbatical
1993 - 1995 FCO, Principal Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary
1991 - 1992 FCO, Head of EU Presidency Planning Unit
1988 - 1991 Pretoria/Cape Town, First Secretary
1986 - 1987 FCO, Private Secretary to Minister of State
1984 - 1986 FCO, Desk Officer EU Department
1982 - 1984 Damascus, Political Officer
1977 - 1982 FCO

Name: Nigel Kim Darroch CMG
Date of Birth: 30 April 1954
Married to: Vanessa Claire
Children: one son 1983, one daughter 1986

2004 - Present EU Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office European Secretariat
2003 - 2004 FCO, Director-General for European Union Affairs
2000 - 2003 FCO, Director for European Union Affairs
1998 - 2000 FCO, Head of News Department
1997 - 1998 Counsellor (External Relations), UK Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels
1995 - 1997 FCO, Head of Eastern Adriatic Department
1993 - 1995 FCO, Assistant then Deputy Head of European Union Department
1989 - 1992 First Secretary, Rome
1987 - 1989 FCO, Private Secretary to Minister of State dealing with Middle East
1985 - 1986 FCO, Maritime, Aviation and Environment Department
1980 - 1984 Third later Second later First Secretary, Tokyo (External Affairs and Defence)
1976 - 1979 FCO





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