Keith Shannon

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Keith Shannon in 2017

Keith Shannon (born 17 September 1966) is a British diplomat who serves as ambassador to the Republic of Latvia.[1] He was previously ambassador to the Republic of Moldova 2009–13.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Andrew Shannon and Catherine Sutherland, and was born in Edinburgh.

He attended Craigmount High School, a comprehensive school, in Edinburgh. He gained an MA in Modern History with International Relations from the University of St Andrews.


He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1988. From 1995-99 he was the Second Secretary (Technology) in Paris.


On 18 May 2009 he became the Ambassador to Moldova in Chişinău.[2] His appointment was announced on 20 November 2008. He kissed hands with the Queen on 19 February 2009. He was replaced in Moldova in April 2013 and it was announced that he would be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.[3]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002 he married Kate Levesley.


  • SHANNON, Keith, Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012, accessed 9 April 2013
  1. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Latvia". 20 March 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  2. ^ Appointment
  3. ^ Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 22 October 2012

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Beyer
British Ambassador to Moldova
Succeeded by
Philip Batson
Preceded by
Sarah Cowley
British Ambassador to Latvia
2017 – present
Succeeded by