Ms Jane Marriott OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya in succession to Mr Nic Hailey.
Ms Marriott is the first woman to be appointed to the role, and was, until recently, the Director of the UK Government’s Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit.
Ms Marriott brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked across many UK Government Departments including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence.
Ms Marriott previously served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Yemen, and British Deputy Ambassador to Iran, and has also undertaken postings in the USA, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ms Marriott is expected to take up her appointment in September 2019.
Full name: Jane Marriott
2016 – 2019 FCO/Home Office, Director, Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit
2015 – 2016 FCO, Additional Director, Middle East and North Africa Directorate
2013 – 2015 Yemen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2012 National Security Council, Deputy Director, Americas, Middle East and Africa
2010 – 2011 Tehran, Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Head of Mission
2009 Roles as Senior Political Advisor to US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke in Washington, and as Chief Speechwriter to the Secretary of State for Defence in London
2006 – 2009 Roles as Deputy Head of Afghanistan Group in London and in the US CENTCOM Assessment Team under General Petraeus in Washington
2005 – 2006 Baghdad, Counsellor (Political-Military and Economic)
2004 – 2005 FCO, Team Leader (Political-Military) and acting Deputy Head, Iraq Policy Unit
2004 Kabul, Political Advisor to the Combined Coalition Forces
2003 – 2004 Al Amara (Iraq), Political Advisor to the Coalition Forces
2001 – 2003 FCO, Team Leader, Nuclear Non-Proliferation
1998 – 2001 Roles in Cabinet Office, Foreign Policy Secretariat, the Home Office Criminal Justice Bill Team, and on Diversity Policy in the Cabinet Office