Nic Hailey announces last night’s birthday party for the Queen will be his last as UK High Commissioner in Kenya

Nic Hailey speaking at the Queen’s 93rd birthday in Nairobi
Nic Hailey speaking at last night’s birthday party in honour of the Queen’s 93rd birthday. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

British High Commissioner Nic Hailey has announced that he will be moving on from his current role before next year’s birthday party for the Queen.

Speaking at last night’s celebration for the monarch’s 93rd birthday, Mr Hailey said: “This is my fourth Queen’s Birthday Party in Nairobi and sadly my last. It has been the greatest privilege to represent my country in Kenya and to lead the amazing team at the British High Commission.”

Diplomats generally remain in post for around four years, so last night’s announcement is not unexpected, with Mr Hailey having served as British High Commissioner since 2015 when he replaced Dr Christian Turner.

Prior to taking up his current role, the married father of two was Director, Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). In that role he had responsibility for all UK policy towards, and operations in, 48 countries across Africa.

Business Ireland Kenya Chairman Darren Gillen said: “Very honoured again to attend the Queen’s Birthday celebration last night at the High Commissioner’s residence . Sad that it will be Nic Hailey’s last event in Kenya as he moves to pastures new but he has left a remarkable legacy here and I wish him the best of luck.”

Another attendee at last night’s event, Captain Oswald, Tweeted: “You have been an excellent Gentleman Extraordinaire. British to the core. A great Diplomat. I learnt a lot from you my friend. Thank you for your service at the UK High Commission.”

To look back at his time in Kenya, check out Mr Hailey’s page on this website.

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