Nicola Brewer


Nicola Brewer
Her Excellency
Dame Nicola Brewer
DCMG
British High Commissioner to South Africa
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2009
Preceded by Paul Boateng
Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission
In office
March 2007 – May 2009
Preceded by New Position
Succeeded by Neil Kinghan (interim)
Personal details
Relations Trevor Brewer (rugby player)
Alma mater University of Leeds[1]

Dame Nicola Mary Brewer DCMG is a British diplomat, currently serving as the British High Commissioner to South Africa.

Nicola Brewer joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1983, and has worked overseas in India, France and Mexico. She served as the FCO's Director for Global Issues from 2001 to 2002, and then as Director-General for Regional Programmes at the Department for International Development (DfID), the DfID board member supervising the UK's overseas bilateral aid programmes.[2]

In 2004, she was appointed Director-General for Europe at the FCO, where she was the FCO Board member responsible for European matters. She led the FCO's contribution to the UK's 2005 Presidency of the EU, and advised the Foreign Secretary and Minister for Europe on EU and other European policy issues.

In December 2006, Nicola Brewer was appointed by open competition as the first Chief Executive of the newly established Equality and Human Rights Commission, the successor body to the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. She took up her new position in March 2007, standing down in May 2009 to succeed Paul Boateng as British High Commissioner to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Nicola Brewer was educated at the Belfast Royal Academy, and read English at the University of Leeds, graduating with a BA in 1980, then taking a Doctorate in linguistics in 1988 there. Leeds also granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 2009. She was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2003 New Year Honours[3] and Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[4] She is married to former diplomat Geoff Gillham: they have two children. Her father, Trevor Brewer, played international rugby for Wales in the 1950s.[5]

References

Government offices
Preceded by
Suma Chakrabarti
Director-General, Regional Programmes of the
Department for International Development

2002-2004
Succeeded by
Nemat Shafik
Preceded by
Sir Kim Darroch
Director-General, Europe of the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

2004-2007
Succeeded by
Martin Donnelly
as Director-General, Europe and Globalisation
Preceded by
New position
Chief Executive of the
Equality and Human Rights Commission

2007-2009
Succeeded by
Neil Kinghan (interim)
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Paul Boateng
High Commissioner to South Africa
2009-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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