|Sir Tim Hitchens|
|President of Wolfson College, Oxford|
Assumed office |
1 May 2018
|United Kingdom Ambassador to Japan|
|Preceded by||David Warren|
|Succeeded by||Paul Madden|
|Assistant Private Secretary to the Sovereign|
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair|
|Preceded by||Mary Francis|
|Succeeded by||Sir Christopher Geidt|
Timothy Mark Hitchens|
1962 (age 55–56)
|Alma mater||University of Cambridge|
Timothy Hitchens was seconded from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to which he returned to become Head of the Africa Department (Equatorial). He had been First Secretary Political and Information, British High Commission, Islamabad and speechwriter for Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd.
Hitchens was born in 1962, and was educated at Dulwich College from 1972 to 1979. He then attended Christ's College, University of Cambridge, where he read English literature. After joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he studied Japanese, and then became Trade Secretary in Tokyo.
Hitchens was Private Secretary to The Rt Hon Tristan Garel-Jones, Minister of State for Europe at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1990 to 1993, and speechwriter to the Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon Douglas Hurd from 1993 to 1994. He was Head of the Political Section at the British Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, 1994 to 1997.
Hitchens was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2012 New Year Honours.
In 2012, Hitchens was appointed as HM Ambassador to Japan. He opened a Twitter account under the handle 'UKAmbTim' and, as of May 17, 2015[update], had over 7000 followers. He often tweets in Japanese. Hitchens was succeeded by Paul Madden in January 2017.
Hitchens was appointed chief executive officer of the Commonwealth Summit 2018 in March 2017
Hitchens has one daughter (born 1991) and one son (born 1993).
Sir David Warren, KCMG
| British Ambassador to Japan
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