25 Nov

Change of British High Commissioner to Australia

Mrs Menna Frances Rawlings CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia in succession to Mr Paul Damian Madden CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Rawlings will take up her appointment during April 2015.

Menna joined the FCO in 1989 and has served in a wide range of Diplomatic Service roles. She was mostly recently a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Management Board as HR Director. This followed postings to Washington DC, Ghana, Israel, Kenya and Brussels. In London, she has served as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary as well as in Press Office and the Africa and EU Directorates.

On her appointment as British High Commissioner to the Australia, Mrs Rawlings has said:

I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed as British High Commissioner to Australia. This is one of our most important bilateral relationships, reflecting our shared values, history, culture, mutual affection and respect. I look forward to building on that, delivering concrete outcomes that support prosperity and security in our two countries.


Full name:

Menna Frances Rawlings CMG

Married to:

Mark John Rawlings



2011 – 2014

FCO, Director HR

2008 – 2011

Washington, Counsellor (Corporate Services USA) and HM Consul General

2005 – 2008

Accra, Deputy High Commissioner and Head of Political Section


FCO, Africa Directorate (G8/Africa)

2002 – 2004

FCO, Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary

1998 – 2002

Tel Aviv, Head of Political Section

1996 – 1998

FCO, Press Officer

1993 – 1996

Nairobi, Second Secretary (Political/Economic)

1991 – 1993

UKRep Brussels, Third, later Second, Secretary (Institutions)

1990 – 1991

European Commission, Brussels, Stagiaire

1989 – 1990

FCO, European Community Department (Internal)


Joined FCO


Posted in General by jcramond@britishchamber.com

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