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Abbott-Watt, Thorhilda Mary Vivia, (Thorda) locked

OBE 2017

Born 11 Feb. 1955; d of Samuel Abbott-Watt and Elva Mary Abbott-Watt (née Clare Gibson); partner, Reef Talbot Hogg

HM Diplomatic Service; Ambassador to Turkmenistan, since 2016

Education

Stonar Sch., Atworth, Wilts

Career

Joined HM Diplomatic Service, 1974; Third Sec., FCO, 1974–79; temp. duty tours in Latin America, Middle and Far East, 1979–80; Vice Consul, Paris, 1981–84; Third Sec. (Chancery), UK Repn to EU, 1984–86; Second Secretary: FCO, 1986–88; Bonn, 1988–91; First Sec., EU Dept and Western Eur. Dept, FCO, 1991–95; Hd, Commercial Section, Kiev, 1995–98; First Sec. (Political), Belgrade, 1998–99; Hd, Visa Policy Section, Jt Entry Clearance Unit, FCO, 1999–2001; Chargé d’Affaires, Tajikistan, 2001–02; Ambassador to Armenia, 2003–06; Conflict Issues Gp, FCO, 2006; Hd, Political/Military Gp, Kabul, 2006; Afghanistan Gp, FCO, 2006–07; Migration Directorate, FCO, 2007–08; Hd of Strategy and Performance, UKTI, 2008; Ambassador to Mongolia, 2008–09 and 2011–12; Finance Directorate, FCO, 2009–10; Internat. Liaison Section, MoD, 2010; Dep. Hd, 2012, Acting Hd, 2012–15, Project Task Force, FCO. Life Mem., NACF

Recreations

riding, theatre, the arts, sitting in a comfortable chair with a good book

Address

c/o Foreign and Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street SW1A 2AH

Thorda.Abbott-Watt@fco.gov.uk