Islamabad, 15 June 2023 (TDI): In a groundbreaking announcement, the United Kingdom has named Jane Marriott OBE as the next British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
This historic appointment signifies a significant step forward, as Jane becomes the first female British High Commissioner to Pakistan. Previously, British Ambassador Christian Turner was designated in Pakistan; he has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment.
Jane says she is delighted to be appointed as the next British High Commissioner to Pakistan.
She also said, “UK & Pakistan are connected by heritage, strong people ties, climate cooperation & growing trade. Dosti & Commonwealth links can ensure a prosperous future. Aap se jald mulaqat hogi!”
Scheduled to commence her duties in mid-July, she brings with her an illustrious track record and a wealth of experience.
Previously, Jane Marriott served as the High Commissioner to Kenya, undertaking her responsibilities from September 2019 to June 2023.
During her tenure, she played a pivotal role in forging a new UK-Kenya Strategic Partnership, fortifying the bonds of mutual prosperity, sustainable development, security, stability, and people-to-people connections.
Moreover, she spearheaded the fight against climate change by overseeing the launch of innovative clean and green energy initiatives.
Under Jane’s leadership, the UK and Kenya collaborated to establish the first-ever Kenyan Marine Commando Unit, showcasing the UK’s unwavering commitment to combating terrorism not only in Kenya but also in the wider region.
Additionally, she championed the restoration of over 1,000 hectares of deforested land, promoting environmental conservation.
Furthermore, Jane’s visionary approach led to the inception of the ‘Digital Access Programme,’ a joint effort between the UK and Kenyan stakeholders in the tech industry.
This initiative aimed to empower users with digital inclusion, promote cyber hygiene and establish regulations for online content.
Jane Marriott’s appointment to the role of British High Commissioner to Pakistan is a testament to her vast thematic and regional expertise.
Her impressive career in the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) commenced in 2001, following positions in the Cabinet Office and Home Office.
She has held various influential roles, including Director of the UK’s Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit, Joint FCDO Director for the Middle East and North Africa, and Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen (2013-15).
Jane has served as Deputy and Acting Ambassador to Tehran and provided invaluable advice to Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Jane has also undertaken diplomatic assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan, further enhancing her understanding of complex international dynamics.
Jane Marriott’s appointment as the first female British High Commissioner to Pakistan symbolizes a significant milestone in promoting gender equality and representation in diplomatic roles.
Her remarkable achievements, extensive regional experience, and commitment to fostering international cooperation make her a truly outstanding choice for this prestigious position.