Ms Catriona Laing CB has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe in succession to Ms Deborah Bronnert, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Laing will take up her appointment during September 2014.
Ms Laing joined the FCO in January 2012 when she was posted to Afghanistan. She is an economist by background and has spent much of her career in Africa serving in Botswana, Kenya, Sudan and Somalia.
On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Zimbabwe, Ms Laing has said “I am delighted to have been appointed as British Ambassador to Zimbabwe. It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with Zimbabwe on issues of importance to both countries and to continue to deepen our partnership”.
|Full name||Catriona Wendy Campbell Laing|
|Married to||Clive David Nicholas Bates|
|2013-2014||FCO, Corporate Projects and Pre-Posting Preparation|
|2012 – 2013||FCO, Head Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team and NATO and UK Senior Civilian Representative Southern Afghanistan|
|2009 – 2012||Ministry of Justice, Director, Human Rights and International|
|2006 – 2009||Department for International Development (DFID), Head, DFID Sudan|
|2005 – 2006||DFID, Head, International Division Advisory Department|
|2001 – 2005||Cabinet Office, Deputy Director, Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit|
|2000 – 2000||DFID, Globalisation White Paper Team|
|1999 – 2000||DFID, Head Eastern Europe, Western Hemisphere Policy Department|
|1996 – 1998||DFID, Team Leader, European Union and International Economics Policy Department|
|1995 – 1996||Cranfield University, studying MBA|
|1994 – 1995||DFID, Economic Adviser, Latin America, Caribbean and Atlantic Department|
|1993 – 1994||UN Mission in Somalia, Head, UN Development Office|
|1992 – 1993||Overseas Development Administration (ODA), Economic Adviser, Aid Policy Department|
|1990 – 1991||ODA, Assistant Economist, British Development Division (East Africa) based in Kenya|
|1989 – 1990||ODA, Assistant Economist, West Africa Department|
|1986 – 1989||Botswana, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, ODI Fellow Planning Officer|