Barbara Hay

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Dame Barbara hosting a party in Los Angeles in 2009

Dame Barbara Logan Hay DCMG LVO MBE (born 20 January 1953) is a British diplomat who served as Consul-General in Los Angeles from July 2009 to August 2013.[1][2][3]

Educated at Boroughmuir Senior Secondary School in Edinburgh Hay joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1971 as a visa clerk. Hay had started learning Russian at school and continued her training in Russian by spending a year at the Defence School of Languages in Beaconsfield. Hay was posted to the Embassy in Moscow in 1975 as a Third Secretary, transferring to Johannesburg as Vice Consul in 1978.[1][4]

After some time in London, Hay worked in Montreal from 1985 as Vice Consul and Commercial lead, before returning to Moscow, now as First Secretary for Information in 1988. As the Russian Federation replaced the Soviet Union, the British Consulate-General in St Petersburg was re-opened, and Hay was appointed as its first new Consul-General in 1991.[1][4]

In 1992, Hay returned to London, before being appointed as Ambassador to Uzbekistan and concurrently (non-resident) Ambassador to Tajikistan in 1995. She was the first female ambassador in Tashkent.[2] In 2000, she returned to St Petersburg for a second stint as Consul-General until 2004.[1][4]

After a terrorist attack in Istanbul killed the Consul-General Roger Short and eleven other Consulate staff, Hay was appointed Consul-General there, a post that also involved serving as Director of Trade and Investment Promotion with UK Trade & Investment. Hay took up post as Consul-General in Los Angeles in 2009.[1][4]

Hay was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1991 New Year Honours list;[5] as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1998 Birthday Honours;[6] as a Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2008 New Year Honours;[7] and finally as a Lieutenant of the Royal Victoria Order (LVO) in 2008 following the Queen's State Visit to Turkey.[8] She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).[1][4]

Offices held[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bernard Gilliat-Smith
No representation, 1934–1991
British Consul-General
in St Petersburg

1991–1992
Succeeded by
Stuart Jack
Preceded by
Paul Bergne
British Ambassador
to Uzbekistan

1995–1999
Succeeded by
Christopher Ingham
British Ambassador
to Tajikistan

(non-resident)

1995–1999
Preceded by
John Guy
British Consul-General
in St Petersburg

2000–2004
Succeeded by
George Edgar
Preceded by
Roger Short
British Consul-General
in Istanbul

2004–2009
Succeeded by
Jessica Hand
Preceded by
Robert Peirce
British Consul-General
in Los Angeles

2009–2013
Succeeded by
Chris O'Connor

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f A & C Black (2012). "HAY, Dame Barbara (Logan)". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  2. ^ a b Bartlett, James (July 16, 2013). "British Expat of the Month: Dame Barbara Hay, British Consul-General". BBC. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dame Barbara Hay DCMG, LVO, MBE". gov.uk. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2011-02-22). "British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay DCMG LVO MBE". British Consul-General in Los Angeles website. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  5. ^ "No. 52382". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 1990. p. 17. 
  6. ^ "No. 55155". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 1998. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "No. 58557". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2007. p. 3. 
  8. ^ "No. 58740". The London Gazette. 17 June 2008. p. 9065. 

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