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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