Bolton School Senior Boys

Old Boy Appointed Ambassador to Vietnam

Old Boy Giles Lever has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He is due to take up the post in July 2014, and will succeed Dr Antony Stokes LVO.

Mr Lever left Bolton School in 1986 and went on to obtain a degree in Classics. He then joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1990, where he started his career as a desk officer for the South East Asia Department. This led him to the post of Second Secretary (Political) in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he remained for four years. Upon relinquishing this role, he became the Head of the FCO’s Export Control Policy Section. After a few years in this position, followed by two years of full-time Japanese language training, he was posted to Tokyo; he spent a further four years in Japan, initially as First Secretary (Political) and later as the Head of the Political Section. His career then moved from East Asia to the Middle East: he became the Deputy Head of the FCO’s Iraq Group 2006 - 2009. This led to his appointment as the Acting Consul General in Erbil, Iraq, after which he joined the Counter-Terrorism Department.

Before the end of 2009, he was seconded to the Department for International Development as head of their Middle East and North Africa Department. He was appointed Deputy High Commissioner to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2009, and from August to December 2012 he was the Acting British High Commissioner to Nigeria.

His appointment as Ambassador to Vietnam is therefore the latest stage in a career which has been as interesting and diverse as it has been successful.

In the statement announcing his new position, Mr Lever said, “I’m delighted and honoured to be returning to Vietnam, the country where I started my diplomatic career, as Ambassador. It will be a great privilege to play a role in further advancing Britain’s relations with one of Asia’s most dynamic emerging powers, on the basis of the UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Agreement.”

Mr Lever is the brother of author and 2009 Booker Prize Nominee James Lever, who wrote the critically acclaimed fictional autobiography Me Cheeta.

Mr Lever is also looking forward to bringing his Vietnamese back up to scratch!

Mr Lever is also looking forward to bringing his Vietnamese back up to scratch!