Nigel Baker

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His Excellency
Nigel Baker
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British Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
Preceded by George Edgar
Succeeded by Sally Axworthy
Personal details
Born 9 September 1966
Nationality British
Occupation Diplomat

Nigel Baker OBE MVO (born 9 September 1966) is a British diplomat, formerly Ambassador to Bolivia and Ambassador to the Holy See, now Head of the South America Department of the Foreign Office.


Nigel Marcus Baker was educated at Dulwich College and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he gained a first class degree in history. After a brief period as researcher in the Conservative Research Department he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1989. After posts in Prague and Bratislava he took a research sabbatical in Verona 1996–97 studying Italian and European history. Returning to the FCO, he was Head of the European Defence Section of the Security Policy Department 1998–2000. He was then assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales 2000–03, Deputy Head of Mission, Havana, 2003–06 and Ambassador to Bolivia 2007–11 before being appointed to the Holy See. He presented his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI on 9 September 2011. In 2016 he returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as Deputy Director for the Americas and Head of the South America Department.

Nigel Baker was appointed MVO in 2003 and OBE in 2010.

In 2013 he edited "Britain and the Holy See: A Celebration of 1982 and the Wider Relationship", which set out the proceedings of the 2012 Rome Colloquium on the relationship between Britain and the Holy See. Contributors include Professor Eamon Duffy, Professor Judith Champ, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Bateman
UK Ambassador to Bolivia
Succeeded by
Ross Denny
Preceded by
Francis Campbell
UK Ambassador to the Holy See
Succeeded by
Sally Axworthy
Preceded by
Archie Young
Head of South America Department and Deputy Director Americas, FCO