Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Republic of Costa Rica & to Republic of Nicaragua

Mr Ben Lyster-Binns

Mr Ben Lyster-Binns has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica and Her Majesty’s Non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Nicaragua in succession to Mr Ross Denny who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Lyster-Binns will take up his appointment in October 2020.


Full name: Benjamin Edward Noel Lyster-Binns

Married to: Belinda Lyster-Binns

Children: Three

2016 to 2019FCO, Head of Joint FCO-DFID Somalia Unit
2012 to 2016Montevideo, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2010 to 2012FCO, Deputy Head, International Organisations Department
2009 to 2010FCO, Senior Policy Advisor, Security Policy Department
2007 to 2009FCO, Senior Policy Advisor, Counter Terrorism Department
2003 to 2007Lisbon, Deputy Head of Mission
2000 to 2003FCO, Deputy European Correspondent, Head of General Affairs and External Relations Councils & G8 Team, Common Foreign and Security Policy Department
1998 to 2000FCO, Desk Officer, Human Rights Policy Department, including a secondment to the non-governmental organisation Article 19 (1999)
1994 to 1998Muscat, Information Officer
1991 to 1994Lilongwe, Development Secretary
1989 to 1991FCO, Desk Officer, Non-Proliferation Department
1989Joined FCO
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