Dianna Melrose

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Dianna Melrose

Dianna Melrose (born 24 June 1952 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Tanzania.


Dianna Patricia Melrose was educated at St Catherine's School, Bramley, King's College London (BA, Spanish & French) and the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. She worked as a Spanish interpreter in the City of London, then briefly for the British Council, before joining Oxfam in 1980. She was Policy Director of Oxfam GB, 1993–99. She then joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as Deputy Head, then Head, of its Policy Planning Staff. She was seconded to the Department for International Development (DFID) in 2002, first as head of its Extractive Industries Unit (an initiative by Prime Minister Tony Blair aimed at ensuring that the people of oil-, gas- and minerals-producing countries benefit from the revenues) and then as head of DFID's International Trade Department. In 2006 she returned to the FCO as head of its EU Enlargement and Southeast Europe group before being posted as Ambassador to Cuba in 2008. She left Cuba in July 2012 and was appointed High Commissioner to Tanzania from February 2013.[1]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Dew
British Ambassador to Cuba
Succeeded by
Tim Cole
Preceded by
Diane Corner
British High Commissioner to Tanzania
Succeeded by
Sarah Cooke


  • The Great Health Robbery: Baby Milk and Medicines in Yemen, Oxfam, Oxford, 1981. ISBN 0855980540
  • Bitter Pills: Medicines and the Third World Poor, Oxfam, Oxford, 1982. ISBN 0855980656
  • Nicaragua: The threat of a good example?, Oxfam, Oxford, 1985. ISBN 0855980702


  1. ^ Change of British High Commissioner to Tanzania, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 4 December 2012