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Appointment of New British Ambassador to Portugal

Ms Jill Gallard has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Portugal.

She will succeed Mr Alexander Ellis who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Gallard will take up her appointment during July 2011. Hey Portugal wish Ms Gallard every sucess in her new position.

jill-gallardMs Gallard joined the FCO in 1991 and has spent much of her career working on EU and wider Europe/enlargement issues. Her previous Foreign Office positions include Deputy Head of Common Foreign & Security Policy Department, Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary and Assistant Director of HR Operations. She was Head of Political Section in Prague when the Czech Republic joined the EU, previously served at the British Embassy in Madrid and did a short secondment to the European Commission in Brussels.

On her appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal, Ms Gallard said:

“I am honoured and delighted to be appointed HM Ambassador to Portugal. I look forward to further developing the deep relationship between the UK and Portugal, the oldest alliance in the world, and to promoting our close partnership, both in the bilateral political and commercial context and in multilateral fora such as the EU, the UN and NATO. Our people and businesses help to maintain these ties in every aspect of life in our two countries.”

Curriculum vitae

Full name:    Jill Gallard (née Parkinson)
Married to:  Dominic Gallard
Children: Two young sons
2008 - 2010
FCO, Assistant Director of Operations, Human Resources Directorate
2007 - 2008
FCO, Private Secretary to Permanent Under Secretary
2004 - 2007
Prague, Head of Political & EU/Economic Sections
Jan - Aug 2004
FCO, Full Time Czech Language Training
FCO, Deputy Head, Common Foreign & Security Policy Team
2001 - 2002
FCO, Head of Crisis Management/ESDP & Future of Europe Convention, CFSPD
1999 – 2001  
FCO, Head of Turkey Section, Southern European Department
1997 – 1999  
Madrid, Second Secretary EU/Economic
1994 – 1997   Madrid, Third Secretary Political
Brussels, six month “stage” in DG XVI (Regional Policy), European Commission
1993 -1994  
FCO, Desk Officer for Bulgaria and Romania, Central European Department
July - Aug 1992
Barcelona, Consular Attaché for Olympic Games
1991 – 1993    
FCO, Desk Officer for Spain and Portugal, Consular Department
1991       Joined FCO

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