UK Appoints New High Commissioner To Nigeria


Dr Richard Montgomery CMG has been appointed as the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Nigeria.

According to Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, Senior Communications & Public Diplomacy Officer, British High Commission, the new British High Commissioner presented his credentials to President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the State House in Abuja.

He takes over from Ms Catriona Laing CB who recently concluded four years as High Commissioner in Abuja.

Richard is an experienced diplomat who has worked in different parts of the world including previously in Nigeria.


Before becoming the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Richard was the UK Executive Director at the World Bank Group Board from 2018 to 2022 in Washington DC, USA.

He has held various senior positions in the Department of International Development (DFID). These included Director for Asia, Caribbean & Overseas Territories Division, Country Director for Pakistan, and prior to that Country Director in Nigeria from 2009 to 2013.

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Prior to these operational roles, Richard was Deputy Director for Corporate Human Resources and Deputy Head of DFID’s Top Management Group.

Earlier in his career, he did postings in British High Commissions in Zambia, Bangladesh, and India.

Richard is married to Naheed and together they have two children.

To mark his arrival Montgomery said: “It’s great to be back in Nigeria.

“I look forward to working with the people of this great country, including those in government, in the private sector, and in civil society, to do all I can to help build a more prosperous Nigeria and strengthen the partnership between our countries.”