Former UK ambassador to Myanmar appointed as new consul general to Hong Kong and Macau from next month

Andrew Heyn, a 26-year veteran of the British civil service, will replace Caroline Wilson

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 11:33pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 August, 2016, 11:33pm

Britain’s former ambassador to Myanmar has been appointed as the new consul general to Hong Kong and Macau from next month.

Andrew Heyn, a 26-year veteran of the British civil service, replaces Caroline Wilson, who will transfer to an unnamed diplomatic posting elsewhere.

Since joining the Foreign Office, London’s incoming top diplomat to Hong Kong has served in Venezuela, Portugal and Ireland before taking up his role in Myanmar in 2009, a posting that witnessed the re-emergence of the country and the release of de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Most recently, Heyn had been working from London and the Cabinet Office spearheading ­governance reform, a role described as being “at the heart” of the British government.

In a statement, Heyn said: “I am very honoured to be given this opportunity to experience the extraordinary vitality of Hong Kong first hand.

“The new Foreign Secretary has talked about creating a new identity for the UK abroad – a Global Britain which is open for business, committed to peace and security, and a leading supporter of the international rules-based system.

“Our relationship with Hong Kong will be a key part of this process with our long-standing ties across many different spheres.”

The appointment of Heyn had been planned for several months, prior to Britain’s exit from the European Union which saw the reshuffle across its government leading to a new prime minister and cabinet.

According to the consulate, Heyn is a “keen” tennis player and fisherman.

It is unknown whether the new consul general will cast a line out into Victoria Harbour, with angling being one of the recreational activities suggested by Chief ­Executive Leung Chun-ying as part of the government’s waterfront vision for Hong Kong Island.

Heyn will move to Hong Kong with his wife Jane and daughter Emma.

In June, the United States ­appointed top economic official Kurt Tong – previously the US ambassador for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and deputy chief of mission in Tokyo – to replace Clifford Hart as America’s point-man in Hong Kong.

The European Union’s office in Hong Kong and Macau saw the departure of head Vincent Piket, while Canada will be appointing a new chief representative. Singapore and Australia are also expected by insiders to replace their consul generals.