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PRESS RELEASE : Change of British High Commissioner to Nigeria [March 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 7 March 2023.

Dr Richard Montgomery CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in succession to Ms Catriona Laing CB who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Montgomery will take up his appointment during April 2023.

Curriculum Vitae

Full name: Richard Hugh Montgomery

Married to: Naheed Bilgrami

Children: Two

Date Role
2018 to 2022 The World Bank Group, UK Executive Director, Washington
2015 to 2018 Department for International Development (DFID), Director, Asia, Caribbean & Overseas Territories (AsCOT) Division
2013 to 2015 Islamabad, Counsellor (Development) and Head of Office, DFID Pakistan
2009 to 2013 Abuja, Counsellor (Development) and Head of Office, DFID Nigeria
2006 to 2009 DFID, Deputy Director and Head of Corporate Human Resources, and Head of Security, East Kilbride
2005 to 2006 DFID, Deputy Team Leader, Top Management Group
2002 to 2005 Lusaka, Deputy Head, DFID Zambia
1999 to 2002 Dhaka, Senior Social Development Adviser, DFID Bangladesh
1996 to 1999 New Delhi, Social Development Adviser, DFID India
1993 to 1996 Swansea University, Lecturer in International Development, Centre for Development Studies
1992 to 1993 Manchester University, Research, Institute for Development Policy & Management
1992 GKW Consult Mannheim, Sociologist
1988 to 1991 University of Cambridge, Doctorate (Ph.D) in Social Anthropology