British Ambassador-Designate to Morocco
Thomas was appointed as British ambassador to Morocco in July 2016 and took up Post in Rabat in August 2017. As Ambassador he is responsible for the bilateral relations between the UK and Morocco as well as the welfare of the more than 630,000 British tourists who visit Morocco each year. Thomas is pushing the bilateral relations into cultural and sporting areas as well as seeking to develop better trading links between the two countries.
Before taking up Post as Ambassador, Thomas worked for Shell where he was Special International Government Relations Adviser between 2014 – 2017, having worked as Head of Shell UK’s Government Relations Team for the previous three years. During his time in Shell, Thomas worked on projects in the UK, Netherlands and Russia as well as leading Shell’s low carbon energy transition work.
Prior to joining Shell, Thomas worked in the FCO for 14 years, with postings in Argentina, Jordan, Kuwait and Yemen before serving as Deputy Ambassador to Egypt during the Arab Spring. Thomas studied Arabic at the University of Amman in Jordan and at SOAS.
Prior to joining the FCO, Thomas studied English and French Law at the LSE, gaining an LLB (F) and a diploma in French Legal Studies from the Robert Schuman Institute in Strasbourg. He practiced law in London and Brussels. In addition to Arabic, Thomas also speaks French, Spanish and Russian.
Thomas is married with two daughters and enjoys sailing, climbing and skiing
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