Mrs Menna Frances Rawlings CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia. Mrs Menna Frances Rawlings CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia in succession to Mr Paul Damian Madden CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Rawlings will take up her appointment during April 2015.
Menna joined the FCO in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She was mostly recently a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Management Board as HR Director. This followed postings to Washington DC, Ghana, Israel, Kenya and Brussels. In London, she has served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary as well as in Press Office and the Africa and EU Directorates.
On her appointment as British High Commissioner to the Australia, Mrs Rawlings has said:
I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as British High Commissioner to Australia. This is one of our most important bilateral relationships, reflecting our shared values, history, culture, mutual affection and respect. I look forward to building on that, delivering concrete outcomes that support prosperity and security in our two countries.
|Full name:||Menna Frances Rawlings CMG|
|Married to:||Mark John Rawlings|
|2011 – 2014||FCO, Director HR|
|2008 – 2011||Washington, Counsellor (Corporate Services USA) and HM Consul General|
|2005 – 2008||Accra, Deputy High Commissioner and Head of Political Section|
|2005||FCO, Africa Directorate (G8/Africa)|
|2002 – 2004||FCO, Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary|
|1998 – 2002||Tel Aviv, Head of Political Section|
|1996 – 1998||FCO, Press Officer|
|1993 – 1996||Nairobi, Second Secretary (Political/Economic)|
|1991 – 1993||UKRep Brussels, Third, later Second, Secretary (Institutions)|
|1990 – 1991||European Commission, Brussels, Stagiaire|
|1989 – 1990||FCO, European Community Department (Internal)|