I am delighted to inform you that the Secretary-General today appointed Valerie Amos to be my successor as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. As you will see from her attached CV, Valerie brings with her a long standing commitment to international assistance, particularly in Africa. As a Minister in the British Government, she worked with colleagues globally to tackle poverty in Africa by increasing aid flows, through debt relief initiatives and promoting private sector investment on the continent. She has been active for over thirty years on the promotion of human rights, social justice and equality.
Born in Guyana, Valerie was the first black woman appointed to a British Cabinet and the first black Leader of the House of Lords. In the UK, she has played a central role in the Government’s broader diversity and community cohesion agenda, and been an active voice in international aid and development. She is currently British High Commissioner to Australia.
Before taking her post in Canberra, she was the Chair of the Royal African Society, a member of the Fulbright Commission, and a Fellow at the Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford.
I have known Valerie for some years, and can assure you that she is not
only an exceptionally warm and friendly person, but also an extremely
competent and experienced operator. I commend her to you all very highly indeed.
I expect that Valerie will take up the post soon after I depart at the end
of August. I will let you know her official start date later in the
summer. I am sure you will all join me in the warmest possible welcome to Baroness Amos.
Best wishes John
October 2009 British High Commissioner to Australia
2007 Chair, Royal African Society
Non-Executive Director, 2018
Non-Executive Director, Travant Capital Partners
Member Advisory Board, Global Health Group, University of San Francisco
Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, University of Oxford
2003 – 2007 Leader of the House of Lords
2003 Secretary of State for International Development
2001 Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, with responsibility for Africa, the Caribbean, Consular Affairs, the Commonwealth, Britain’s Overseas Territories and Foreign Office Personnel issues
1998 – 2001 Baroness-in-Waiting and Government Whip in the House of Lords; Spokesperson on International Development, Women’s Issues and Social Security
1997 Appointed to the House of Lords
1995-1998 Leadership and Organisational development Consultant in the UK and South Africa
1989-1994 Chief Executive, Equal Opportunities Commission
1987-1989 Head of Management Services, London Borough of Hackney
1985-1987 Head of Training and Development, London Borough of Hackney
1983-1985 Women’s Adviser, London Borough of Camden
1981-1983 Race Relations Adviser, London Borough of Lambeth