Ian Hughes (diplomat)

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Ian Hughes

Ian Noel Hughes, CMG (born 5 December 1951), is a British diplomat, currently ambassador to South Sudan.

Hughes was educated at Khormaksar (then within the United Kingdom's Colony of Aden) and St John's School, Singapore. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1971 and served in Kabul, Warsaw, Tegucigalpa, Berne and New Delhi, and as deputy head of mission in Mexico City and Mumbai, before being appointed ambassador to Guatemala (and non-resident ambassador to El Salvador and Honduras) in 2006. He was High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (and non-resident ambassador to Liberia) 2009–13. He took up his post in Juba in March 2013.[1]

He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to British interests in South Sudan and Sierra Leone.[2]

Offices held[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Lavers
Ambassador to Guatemala
2006 – 2009
Succeeded by
Julie Chappell
Preceded by
Sarah MacIntosh
High Commissioner to Sierra Leone
2009 – 2013
Succeeded by
Peter West
Preceded by
Alastair McPhail
Ambassador to South Sudan
2013 – present
Succeeded by


  • HUGHES, Ian Noel, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012, accessed 5 April 2013
  1. ^ "Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to South Sudan". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 2012-12-20. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b4. 14 June 2014.