In his words, the UK diplomatic mission in Belarus will be headed by Rosemary Thomas. Nigel Gould-Davies knows the next ambassador quite well thanks to working together in a previous post in London. Rosemary Thomas worked for the Foreign Office in the department that specialised in post-Soviet space countries.
According to Internet sources, Rosemary Thomas is a career diplomat who has been working for the UK Foreign Office since 1991. At different times she worked for the department in charge of preparing a Europe-Asia summit and the office for Russia of the Eastern Europe department. Rosemary Thomas was the head of the office for cooperation with the OSCE and the Council of Europe as well as the military crimes office. Later on in Odessa she worked as a PR advisor in the EU mission for border aid to Moldova and Ukraine.
“It is my last day in Belarus and I am overwhelmed with sorrow. I have fallen in love with the country and don’t want to leave it. In Belarus I’ve found something precious and wonderful: decent and calm dignity, respect of the people for the nation and each other. I didn’t expect it and was captivated by it,” said Nigel Gould-Davies.