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PRESS RELEASE : Change of British High Commissioner to Samoa [April 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 11 April 2023.

Mr Gareth Keith Hoar has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Independent State of Samoa in succession to Mr David Ward who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hoar will take up his appointment during June 2023.


Full name: Gareth Keith Hoar

Married to: Rebecca Haixiang Hoar

Date Role
2018 to 2022 Wuhan, HM Consul General
2017 to 2018 Full Time Language Training (Mandarin)
2016 to 2017 Beijing, Director DIT China (temporary duty)
2012 to 2016 Melbourne, HM Consul General
2008 to 2012 Beijing, Deputy Director, UKTI China
2007 to 2008 City of London (on secondment), Head of International Affairs
2005 to 2007 FCO, China Team Leader, Far Eastern Group
2002 to 2005 Beijing, First Secretary, Trade and Investment
2000 to 2001 Guangzhou, HM Consul General
1997 to 1999 Guangzhou, Vice-Consul
1994 to 1997 FCO, Human Resources Officer (Graduate, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development 1996)
1991 to 1994 Washington, Third Secretary, Press and Public Affairs
1989 to 1991 Santiago, Administration Officer
1986 to 1988 Beijing, Commercial Attaché
1984 to 1986 FCO, Personnel Operations Department