Mr Alex Ellis CMG has been appointed His Majesty’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and non-resident Ambassador to the Principality of Andorra in succession to Mr Hugh Elliott  who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr Ellis will take up his appointment during summer 2024.

He is currently the British High Commissioner in New Delhi, prior to which he held government posts as the Deputy National Security Adviser, the Director General of the Department for Exiting the European Union, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador, Brasilia.

This will be his second posting to Madrid, having been Counsellor for EU and Global Affairs at the embassy from 2003 to 2005.

On breaking the news of his departure the current ambassador, Hugh Elliott, wrote on X, formerly Twitter, “After five wonderful years, this summer my term as Ambassador to Spain ends. Although there are still many months (and work!) left, I am delighted to congratulate my great friend and colleague @Alexwellis, who will take over as of September. He is a very experienced diplomat and great lover of Spain, he will be a magnificent successor”.