, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Christian Turner has been appointed the British High Commissioner to Kenya to replace Robert Macaire.
The British High Commission in Nairobi however announced on Monday that Turner will take up his appointment to Kenya in June.
“He will succeed Robert Macaire who has left the diplomatic service,” a brief statement posted on the UK High Commission’s website in Nairobi said.
In the meantime, the statement explained, Peter Tibber will continue as interim High Commissioner.
Turner is currently the Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he had responsibility for all UK policy and operations in that region.
Prior to this he served in the British Embassy in Washington, as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit.
His appointment follows work in television and completion of his PhD research. He is married to Claire and they have a son and a daughter.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve in Kenya at such a pivotal period. I will do all I can to deepen the strong and historic ties between our two countries, and to bring energy and experience to further our shared political, economic and security objectives,” Turner said on his appointment as Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya.
Turner was appointed Chancellor of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) in the in the 2012 New Years Honours for his contribution to British Foreign policy.