Jane Marriott announced as first female British High Commissioner to Kenya

Jane Marriott
Jane Marriott

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have announced that Ms Jane Marriott OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya in succession to Nic Hailey.

The current FCO / Home Office Director at the Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit will take up her appointment in summer 2019.

Ms Marriott graduated from Durham University in 1997 with a first-class degree in History, and went on to complete an M.Phil in International Relations at Darwin College, Cambridge.

She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001, following roles in the Cabinet Office and Home Office. She most recently served as joint FCO Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, she was Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen (2013-15). She was Deputy and Acting Ambassador to Tehran; was an adviser to the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke; had two postings to Iraq, one to Afghanistan and started in the FCO as head of the FCO’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Team.

In 2004, she was appointed OBE for services in Al Amara, Iraq and in the May 2018 issue of British Vogue, she was featured as one of the “trailblazing women who are working tirelessly to protect the nation”.

Tweeting about the appointment, the High Commissioner Designate said she was “very excited about (her) new role and looking forward to building on the relationship between our two countries.”

Outgoing High Commissioner Nic Hailey congratulated his successor, adding: ” I hope you’ll love and enjoy Kenya as much as I have over the past 4 years”.


Full name: Jane Marriott

2016 to 2019 FCO/Home Office, Director, Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit

2015 to 2016 FCO, Additional Director, Middle East and North Africa Directorate

2013 to 2015 Yemen, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2012 National Security Council, Deputy Director,
Americas, Middle East and Africa

2010 to 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 to 2009 Roles as Deputy Head of Afghanistan Group in London and in the US CENTCOM Assessment Team under General Petraeus in Washington

2005 to 2006 Baghdad, Counsellor (Political-Military and Economic)

2004 to 2005 FCO, Team Leader (Political-Military) and acting Deputy Head, Iraq Policy Unit

2004 Kabul, Political Advisor to the Combined Coalition Forces

2003 to 2004 Al Amara (Iraq), Political Advisor to the Coalition Forces

2001 to 2003 FCO, Team Leader, Nuclear Non-Proliferation

1998 to 2001 Roles in Cabinet Office, Foreign Policy Secretariat, the Home Office Criminal Justice Bill Team, and on Diversity Policy in the Cabinet Office

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