Date for swearing in of next governor

SWEARING IN: Adam Wood

SWEARING IN: Adam Wood

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SWEARING in of the island’s next lieutenant governor, Adam Wood, will take place at Castle Rushen on the morning of Thursday, April 7.

The ceremony will begin at 11.15am, following the arrival of the Lieutenant Governor designate in the Market Square, Castletown, at 11am, and is due to conclude at around midday.

Mr Wood, who will succeed His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks, has recently retired from the British Diplomatic Service after a distinguished career in diplomacy and international development.

This culminated in the post of Africa director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in which role he advised the prime minister and foreign secretary and managed the network of Britain’s embassies and high commissions across Africa.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was British High Commissioner in Nairobi, Kenya, having previously served as high commissioner in Kampala, Uganda.

Mr Wood, who was educated at Oxford and is married with one daughter, has also worked in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington.

The lieutenant governor is appointed by the Queen as the representative of the Crown in the Isle of Man.

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