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PRESS RELEASE : Change of His Majesty’s Ambassador to Oman – Liane Saunders [June 2023]

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

Dr Liane Saunders OBE has been appointed His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman in succession to Mr William Murray who has retired from the Diplomatic Service. Dr Saunders will take up her appointment during June 2023.

Curriculum vitae

Full name: Liane Saunders

Place of Birth: Cardiff, UK

Date Role
2021 to 2023 FCDO, Staff Counsellor
2017 to 2021 FCDO, Strategy Director and Strategic Programmes Coordinator
2015 to 2017 Cabinet Office, Director General, Capabilities and Engagement, National Security Secretariat and Chilcot Lessons Learned Coordinator
2014 to 2015 Cabinet Office, Acting Deputy National Security Adviser
2012 to 2014 Cabinet Office, Director, Foreign and Defence Policy, and Afghanistan/Pakistan Coordinator
2011 to 2012 FCO, Additional Director, Middle East and North Africa Directorate (MENAD)
2009 to 2010 FCO, Head, Counter Proliferation Department
2006 to 2009 FCO, Head, Consular Crisis Group
2005 to 2006 FCO, Strategic Challenges Lead, Comprehensive Spending Review Team
2003 to 2004 Northern Iraq: Secondment to US northern region team, Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, latterly Regional Coordinator (Northern Region), Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
2000 to 2003 Ankara, First Secretary (Political) later Head of Political Section, and British negotiator for the Northern Iraq Kurdish Peace Process
1993 to 2000 Postings to Kuwait and Egypt; Desk Officer for Central America; secondment to the United Nations Observer Team in El Salvador