UK Assigns New Deputy High Commissioner In Lagos

By Sunday Akintoye

Ben Llewellyn-Jones OBE has been appointed the new British Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Llewellyn-Jones is an experienced diplomat who has worked in different parts of the world including previously in Nigeria.

He takes over from Ms Harriet Thompson who recently concluded four years as DHC in Abuja and Lagos. Ben will be focusing his time and energy on supporting trade, investment and development in Nigeria and growing commercial links between the UK and Nigeria.

He previously worked at the British High Commission in Abuja in the role of Political Counsellor from July 2014 to July 2017.

He was most recently Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa from August 2017 to August 2020, where he worked in particular to support trade and investment. Prior to that he was the British High Commissioner to Rwanda from 2011 – 2014.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM the Queen in 2009 for his service to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (now Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office).

Ben is married to Laura and together they have two young children. He enjoys sport, in particular rugby, football and boxing, and spending time with his family.

He and his family are looking forward to their second stay in Nigeria, and getting to know and enjoy Lagos.

To mark his arrival Ben Llewellyn-Jones said “It’s great to be back in Nigeria and I‘m very excited about this new role. I thoroughly enjoyed my three years in Abuja, and I know that Lagos will be a fantastic place to live and work.

“I am looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and doing all I can to support trade, investment and development in Nigeria.” He said.


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