Former UK High Commissioner enjoys return to Kenya as part of Theresa May’s delegation

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Christian Turner with Siddharth Chatterjee during Theresa May’s visit to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/sidchat1

Former UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr Christian Turner, enjoyed a return trip to the country yesterday as part of Theresa May’s 29-strong business delegation which has visited three African countries during the week.

Posting on Twitter, he said: “Asante sana Kenya for the warm welcome and hospitality during PM Theresa May’s visit. It was good to be back – usiku mwema na nitarudi tena.”

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Former UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr Christian Turner, with his successor, Nic Hailey, meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo: Twitter/CTurnerFCO

Married father of two, Dr Turner, was the UK’s representative in Kenya between 2012 to 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Director General for the Middle East and North Africa rom 2009 to 2012.

Before joining government he made television documentaries, following completion of his PhD.

Between 1997 and 2008 he held various positions in the Foreign Office, the Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street, including as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, as Secretary to the Economic & Domestic Committees of Cabinet, and as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Washington from 2002-2006.

He led the UK organisation of the London Syria Conference in February 2016 and was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser in April 2017.