UK appoints Ben Llewellyn-Jones as Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos
…as he plans to strengthen UK- Nigeria commercial links
Ben Llewellyn-Jones has been appointed as the new British Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) in Lagos, Nigeria, the office of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos said on Wednesday.
The appointment of Ben Llewellyn-Jones is following Harriet Thompson’s return to the UK after she completed her four years service as the DHC in Abuja and Lagos.
Jones, an experienced diplomat who previously worked in Nigeria arrived Lagos on Tuesday with the focus to support trade, investment and development in Nigeria while also helping to grow commercial links between the UK and Nigeria.
“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,” Jones said, adding that he is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, making new ones and doing all he “can to support trade, investment and development in Nigeria.”
Jones who 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 had worked at the British High Commission in Abuja as a Political Counsellor from July 2014 to July 2017. Before that, he was the British High Commissioner to Rwanda from 2011 – 2014.
Throughout his career, Ben Llewellyn-Jones has held a range of responsibilities including leading UK policy to prevent dangerous climate change and work to support UK agencies tackling organised crime.
He served as the Deputy Head of the Climate Change and Energy Group at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2009 to 2010 and was the Head of the Third Country Relations Team at the UK Home Office in 2006. He worked in Brussels at the UK’s Permanent Representation to the EU for four and a half years and has led the UK delegation at several EU and UN senior multilateral meetings.
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).
Jones 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.
Meanwhile, the role of the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos is to maintain and develop relations between the UK and Nigeria. The office monitors the political situation in Nigeria and seeks to strengthen the bilateral relationship.
The High Commission is one of the overseas missions of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). It promotes the interests of British citizens, safeguards the UK’s security, defends its values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with its international partners.
The recently launched Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), a merger of the FCO and DFID government departments, unites development and diplomacy in one new department. This merger brings together the best of Britain’s international effort and will demonstrate the UK acting as a force for good in the world.
As one of the world leaders in international development, the UK is helping to end extreme poverty in developing countries by tackling challenges like coronavirus, saving lives in humanitarian crises and helping girls get a quality education.
The new Department will use all the tools of British influence to seize the opportunities ahead, ensuring that we will have an even greater impact on the world stage as we recover from coronavirus and prepare to hold the G7 presidency and host COP26 next year.