The British government has designated a new ambassador to replace Thomas J. Kennedy, who is completing five years here.
The new ambassador is Sharon Isabel Campbell, a career diplomat. Her husband, Christopher John Campbell, has been named non-resident ambassador to Nicaragua. The embassy here also has responsibilities for the country to the north.
Kennedy was honored at a diplomatic reception at Casa Amarilla, the foreign ministry, Wednesday night. Carlos Roverssi, acting foreign minister in the absence of René Castro, decorated Kennedy with the Orden Nacional Juan Mora Fernández, Grand Cruz Placa de Plata.
The foreign ministry usually decorates foreign ambassadors who are leaving, but in the case of Kennedy, a special effort was made. Workers brought out the red carpet to provide a path of honor up the main step of the building.
Kennedy also was praised for work between the two countries on arms trafficking, climate change and as members of the U.N. Security Council.
For expats, Kennedy is best known as the host for the annual fund-raising Queen’s Birthday Party that is held at the ambassador’s residence in Escazú
The British government said that Mrs. Campbell would take over her post in August. She and her husband have had generally parallel careers. Mrs. Campbell joined the British foreign service in 1983, a year after her husband did. An announcement from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office said:
“They have held a range of positions in bilateral and multilateral missions overseas, including four joint postings. Their work has covered a wider range of issues including consular, political and international security policy, commercial diplomacy, immigration work and corporate services. Their most recent London positions have been as deputy head of consular resources and head of Peacekeeping in Conflict Group respectively. They have also both previously worked in ministers’ private offices in London.”
Both have served in Caracas, Venezuela, and in Asia.
The couple was reported as saying it is an exciting time given the foreign office’s renewed focus on Latin America through its Prosperity Agenda. “We also look forward to supporting the already strong trade links with Costa Rica and further developing our commercial partnerships with Nicaragua. Building on the existing links and cooperation between the UK and these two countries, we are looking forward to working closely with both governments on a wide range of issues of mutual interest and benefit.”