New Deputy High Commissioner for the United Kingdom in Lagos

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Mr. Jonny Baxter has been named the new Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) for the United Kingdom in Lagos, Nigeria.

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Senior Press & Public Affairs Officer, Communications Lead, Prosperity and Economic Development Ndidiamaka Eze said in a statement released on Tuesday that Baxter

replaces Ben Llewellyn-Jones, whose three-year stint as Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos just ended.

The statement claims that Jonny is a seasoned diplomat who has served in a variety of international capacities. His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan from January 2021 to July 2023 and Deputy Director, Finance and Performance Department at the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO (then DFID) from 2018 to 2020 preceded his appointment as the British Deputy High Commissioner (DHC) in Lagos.

Baxter is rumored to have worked for the DFID in a number of high-ranking capacities. Positions held at the DFID Headquarters in London include Head of the Higher Education Taskforce Secretariat in 2013–14, Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State in 2014–2016, and Head of the Human Development Department in 2017–2018.

According to the declaration, Jonny served in Sudan, Iraq, Guyana, and Tanzania before taking up these positions.

Baxter made the following statement upon his arrival: “I am excited about this new role and I look forward to working with the people of this great country, including those in government, the private sector, and civil society, to do all I can to help build a more prosperous Nigeria and strengthen the already impressive partnerships between the people and institutions of both our countries.”

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