Sir John Jenkins KCMG LVO took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in June 2012. He suceeded Sir Tom Richard Vaughan Phillips KCMG who is retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Sir John joined the FCO in 1980 and after studying Arabic at SOAS and elsewhere has served mainly in the Middle East and South East Asia.
On his appointment Sir John has said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is our most important diplomatic position in the region. That brings great responsibilities and exciting challenges, especially in this time of change. I am greatly looking forward to working in partnership with the government of Saudi Arabia and building on our already excellent relations to promote a wide range of shared interests. I also want to encourage greater mutual understanding between Britain and the Middle East. There is no better place to do this than from Riyadh. We each have much to contribute to the world and can do so most effectively together”.