UK Ambassador to Bulgaria Appointed Channel Islands Rep in BrusselsDiplomacy | January 26, 2011, Wednesday // 08:44| views
Steve Williams, who has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for almost 30 years, is pictured here during his term in Sofia. Photo by BGNES
Steve Williams, current British Ambassador to Bulgaria, has been appointed Director of European Affairs for the new Channel Islands Brussels Office.
Steve Williams will take up the position Affairs on 4 April.
He will be the islands' senior representative in Brussels and help develop relationships with key policy makers in Europe. He will also advise the governments of Jersey and Guernsey on European matters.
In an official statement Williams said he was looking forward to taking up the position "working with and for the governments, business communities and people of Jersey and Guernsey to promote the Channel Islands' interests in Europe".
Senator Terry Le Sueur, Jersey's Chief Minister, said he was pleased to have someone of Mr Williams' "calibre and experience" representing the Channel Islands in Brussels.
"I am delighted with the appointment of our new Director. His experience and track record are of an extremely high calibre and I am looking forward to working with him,” Guernsey's Chief Minister, Deputy Lyndon Trott, said.
According to him Steve Williams will play a vital role in the way that Guernsey and the Channel Islands engage with their partners in Brussels and across the European Union over the coming years.
Steve Williams has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for almost 30 years, with postings including Oslo, Buenos Aires, Sofia and the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.
In Sofia he will be succeeded by Jonathan Allen, who will take up his appointment as Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria in the second half of 2011.
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