Neil Richard Bush Appointed New Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: January 7, 2019; 16:15 ♦ (Vindobona)

The British FCO Foreign & Commonwealth Office has confirmed that Mr. Neil Bush will take over as the new Head of the UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna in March 2019. He succeeds Ms. Sian MacLeod OBE, who has held this position since August 2015.

Mr. Neil Bush is to succeed Ms. Sian MacLeod as Head of the United Kingdom’s Delegation to the OSCE in March 2019. / Picture: © Foreign & Commonwealth Office / Open Government Licence v3.0

Mr. Neil Bush has been appointed Head of the United Kingdom’s Delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna in succession to Ms. Sian MacLeod, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Ms. Sian MacLeod joined the FCO in 1986. Her first posting was to Moscow. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, she served briefly in the Embassy in Vilnius. Since then she has been posted to The Hague, returned to Moscow 2004-7, where she became Minister (Deputy Head of Mission). Between overseas postings she has worked in the FCO and the Cabinet Office. Sian was Ambassador in Prague from 2009 to 2013 and then Director of the British Council Triennial Review and FCO Additional Director for the Eastern European & Central Asian Directorate. 

Ms. Sian MacLeod became Ambassador and Head of the UK Delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in August 2015.

Mr. Neil Bush will hold the personal rank of Ambassador and will take up his appointment during March 2019.

Curriculum Vitae:
Career History:
2001 - 2003 Bank of England, Economist
2003 - 2005 The World Bank Group, Strategy and Programme Officer, Washington DC
2005 - 2006 The World Bank Group, Deputy Country Manager, Kosovo
2006 - 2008 Colombia University, New York and London School of Economics
2008 - 2011 London Economics International, Senior Executive and Managing Consultant (Senior Consultant 2008-9)
2011 - 2015 Department of Energy and Climate Change, Deputy Director and Head Energy Economist
2015 to present FCO, Head, Arabian Peninsula (and Iran) Department
From March 2019
Head of the UK Delegation to OSCE in Vienna, Austria 
Married to: Veeral Dattani Bush

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