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PRESS RELEASE : Change of His Majesty’s Ambassador to Montenegro – Dawn McKen [June 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 8 June 2023.

Ms Dawn McKen has been appointed His Majesty’s Ambassador to Montenegro in succession to Ms Karen Maddocks, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms McKen will take up her appointment during August 2023.

Full name: Dawn McKen

Spouse: Matthew Sparrowhawk

Children: 2

Curriculum vitae

Dates Role
2022 Global Strategy Programme in International Security and Strategic Leadership, Royal College of Defence Studies
2022 MA in International Security and Strategy, King’s College, University of London
2021 Athens, Deputy Head of Mission, later Chargé d’Affaires
2019 to 2021 FCDO, Head, EU External and Security Unit, Europe Directorate/Additional Deputy Director, UK Future Relationship with Turkey and Cyprus
2016 to 2019 FCO, Head, Europe Programmes Unit, Europe Directorate
2013 to 2016 FCO, Deputy Head, Somalia Unit, Africa Directorate
2011 to 2013 FCO, Project Manager, UK Estate Reform Project
2007 to 2011 Budapest, First Secretary (Political), later Deputy Head of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires
2006 to 2007 Full Time Language Training (Hungarian)
2004 to 2005 FCO, Team Leader, EU External and Economic, Europe Directorate
2002 to 2003 FCO, Team Leader, Conventional Arms and Security Sector Reform, Security Policy Department
2000 to 2002 FCO, Team Leader, Cyprus and Malta, Europe Directorate
1996 to 2000 Moscow, Second Secretary (Political)
1996 Full Time Language Training (Russian)
1995 to 1996 FCO, Desk Officer, Hungary and Bulgaria, Know How Fund