U.K. Taps New Ambassador to Israel

Neil Wigan will take his diplomatic post in June, replacing David Quarrey

Neil Wigan, January 25, 2019.
U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The United Kingdom has appointed a new ambassador to Israel, succeeding David Quarrey, who has been in his post since 2015.

Neil Wigan, who joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2000, will take over the ambassador post in June.

This is not his first experience with Israel and the Middle East. According to a press release, he previously served as head of the FCO's political section in Tel Aviv, and as head of the Arab, Israel and North Africa Group.

His recent appointments include director of the Africa Directorate and  ambassador to Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Quarrey oversaw significant developments in Israel-U.K. relations, including the first royal visit to Israel. Under Quarrey's ambassadorship, the British embassy has also made ties to Israel's LGBT community, including an annual float in the Tel Aviv pride parade and hosting visits from Israel's LGBT youth group. 

Wigan tweeted, in Hebrew, saying that his first post was in Israel and that he is very pleased to be returning to the country.