FCO Change of British High Commissioner to Tonga

Miss Thorhilda Abbott-Watt OBE

Miss Thorhilda Abbott-Watt OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Kingdom of Tonga, as we reopen our resident High Commission in Nukuʻalofa. She will succeed the current, non-resident High Commissioner, Ms Melanie Hopkins, who will remain British High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji. Miss Abbott-Watt will take up her appointment during February 2020.


Full name: Thorhilda Mary Vivia Abbott-Watt

Partner: Reef Talbot Hogg

2016 to 2019Ashgabat, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2012 to 2015FCO, Deputy/Acting Head, Projects Task Force
2010 to 2012Ulaanbaatar, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2010Ministry of Defence, International Liaison
2009 to 2010FCO, Finance Directorate
2008 to 2009Ulaanbaatar, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2008UKTI, Acting Head, Strategy and Innovation Section
2007 to 2008FCO, Migration Directorate
2006 to 2007FCO, Afghanistan Group
2006Kabul, Acting Head, Political /Military Section
2006FCO, Conflict Issues Group
2003 to 2006Yerevan, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2001 to 2002Dushanbe, Chargé d’Affaires
1999 to 2001FCO, Head, Visa Policy Section, Joint Entry Clearance Unit
1998 to 1999Belgrade, First Secretary – Political
1995 to 1998Kiev, First Secretary – Head of Commercial Section
1991 to 1995FCO, First Secretary – European Union (Internal) Department
1988 to 1991Bonn, Second Secretary – Political
1986 to 1988FCO, Second Secretary – Environment, Maritime, Aviation and Environment Department
1984 to 1986Brussels, Third Secretary Political, UK Permanent Representation to the European Union
1981 to 1984Paris, British Vice Consul & Entry Clearance Officer
1979 to 1980Latin America Floater, Temporary duty in posts in Latin America & the Far & Middle East
1974 to 1979FCO, Third Secretary
1974Joined FCO
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