The United Kingdom has appointed Harriet Mathews as its new Ambassador to the Republic of Somalia. She succeeds Mr Neil Wigan, who will be transferred to another Diplomatic Service, according to an official statement on Tuesday.
Ms Mathews joined the UK Foreign Office in 1997. She is Africa specialist; who has held many other positions related to the continent, including the Head of East and West Africa Department through 2012 “ 2014.
Ms Mathews previously served as Foreign Office ˜Desk Officer’ for Central Africa, Africa Directorate from 1997 to 1998 â€“ becoming the British Foreign Office Head of West Africa Section, Africa Directorate from 2003 to 2005.
She most recently headed the UK Ebola Task Force.
Reacting to her new appointment Ms Mathews declared: ‘I am delighted to have been appointed as British Ambassador to Somalia. I look forward to working to deepen the strong relationship between our two countries.
The United Kingdom, she said, has been instrumental in helping to bring peace and security back to Somalia, and it is a great privilege to be able to contribute personally to this process.
She was awarded an ‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) for her work on West Africa.