Britain Makes Historic Appointment as Jane Marriot Set to Become First Woman To Head Its Mission in Kenya


Britain has appointed Jane Marriot as its High Commissioner in Kenya, taking over from Nic Hailey whose tour of duty ends in three months.

In a statement to new rooms Thursday, the British High Commission in Nairobi said Ms Marriot is set to take up her job in September.

Ms Marriot will be first woman appointed by the British government to lead its mission in Kenya.

“Marriott brings a wealth of experience to the position, having worked across many UK Government Departments including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence,” read a statement sent to newsrooms by the British High Commission in Nairobi Thursday.

She has been serving as the Director for Joint International Counter-Terrorism Unit in the Home Office.

In the May 2018 issue of Vogue, Jane Marriot was featured as one of the trailblazing women working tirelessly to protect the Britain.

Jane Marriot in Vogue

This is her stellar resume:

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