Mark Canning (diplomat)

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Mark Canning

Mark Canning CMG (born 15 December 1954) is a former British diplomat and was British Ambassador to Indonesia between August 2011 till 2014, before being succeeded by Moazzam Malik. He served concurrently as British Ambassador to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and to Timor Leste. He is a career member of the UK Foreign Service and has occupied a series of challenging and sensitive senior diplomatic appointments. Prior to his current position he served as Britain's Ambassador to Zimbabwe (2009–2011) and to Myanmar (Burma) (2006–2009). Prior to his three Ambassadorial assignments, he served as a Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mark Canning was educated at Downside School and University College London. He holds also a Masters in Business Administration. He joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1974 and has served in a wide variety of diplomatic roles, both at home and overseas. His appointments in London have included spells working on counter-terrorism, security and other foreign policy issues. His overseas posts have had a strong focus on the emerging markets of the Asia Pacific and support to UK business, but he has also served in Africa, the US and Latin America. He is an experienced media operator, who has made frequent appearances in the broadcast and print media.

Mark Canning was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in HM The Queen's 2009 New Year Honours list.[1] He is married with one daughter.

As of 2014, he's now a senior adviser in Bell Pottinger Communications.[2]


  1. ^ The London Gazette, 31 December 2008
  2. ^ [1]. Mark Canning hired as adviser for Bell Pottinger, 25 September 2014

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Victoria Bowman
British Ambassador to Burma
Succeeded by
Andrew Heyn
Preceded by
Andrew Pocock
British Ambassador to Zimbabwe
Succeeded by
Deborah Bronnert
Preceded by
Martin Hatfull
British Ambassador to Indonesia
Succeeded by
Moazzam Malik