Richard Hugh Montgomery has been named the new British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
The announcement was made by the United Kingdom (UK) Government in a statement on Tuesday.
The High Commissioner is the UK Government’s representative in a commonwealth nation.
Montgomery succeeds Catriona Laing who has been the UK Government’s representative in Nigeria since 2018.
According to the statement, Laing will be transferred to another diplomatic service appointment.
Montgomery served as Counsellor in charge of development and Head of Office, Department for International Development (DFID), Abuja, from 2009 to 2013.
He holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge, alongside other research-related qualifications from GKW Consult Mannheim and Manchester University.
The diplomat was, most recently, UK’s executive director for the World Bank Group in Washington.
He has also held executive development roles in Zambia, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
Montgomery will resume at his new role in April 2023.
The statement said Laing will be transferred to another diplomatic service appointment.