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Induction Seminar – September 2008

Charles de Chassiron (former Director of Protocol and Royal Garden diplomatic consultant), Valerie Mitchell (ESU), the Ambassador of El Salvador Vladimiro Villalta, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Kuwaiti Ambassador Khaled Al Duwaisan and the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Charles Gray

The Ambassador of Panama Liliana Fernandez tells newcomers about the Women in Diplomatic Service

Mrs Isatu Lamarana Conteh and Mr Jonathan Las-Lamin from Sierra Leone with Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Magazine)

Rita Schneider (Mercedes Benz) with Mr Jean-Michel Manzoni (France)

The Dean gives diplomats tips on effective diplomacy

Melanie Walking and Susan Ackerman from Roland Brothers International

Dennis Williamson from Towergate Embassy Insurance talking to David Kereny (Hungary)

Guillermo Pardavé (Peru and ACALASP), Jackie Kearns (British Council), Sioned Hughes (Visiting Arts) and Annette Fisher (ESU) brief cultural and education attachés

Mark Holloway (Volvo) with Mr Alexandru Niculescu (Romania)

Embassy Event Administrator Kerry Low directs delegates to their workshops

Mr Ibrahim Ozkaratan from General Insurance Brokers (UK) PLC

Christopher Goodwin (International Financial Services London) chats to the High Commissioner of Barbados, Hugh Anthony Arthur

IPU General Secretary Kenneth Courtenay addresses the politics/press workshop, flanked by Chris Wyld of the Foreign Press Association (left) and Brian Jones of the Cabinet Office (right)

Irina Holm, Prunella Briance and Nahid Lipman of Diplomatic Neighbours

After a morning’s hard networking, delegates start to settle down to lunch

Consuls take notes on the new UK Border Agency during a presentation by Matt Heath in the Consular/Home Affairs workshop

Yoel Gordon (International School of London) talking to Mary Mitchell (TASIS - The American School in England)

Constable Brian Pitkin of the DPG gives diplomats a Personal Safety Seminar

Regents College London exhibition stand


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On Friday 26 September, over 130 newly-arrived diplomats from more than 60 diplomatic missions descended on Dartmouth House, home of the English Speaking Union, for the first ever Embassy Induction Seminar.

It was a chance for newcomers to the capital to meet the new Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, Charles Gray, who gave a talk on the role of the Marshal. The Dean, Kuwaiti Ambassador Khaled Al Duwaisan, also gave them tips that he has picked up following a successful 15-year posting in London, while former FCO Director of Protocol Charles de Chassiron gave diplomats a frank insight into protocol and privileges in London.

Envoys were then introduced to the various diplomatic networking associations in London, before heading off to specialist workshops on the themes of Politics and Press; Trade and Economics; Education and Culture; and Consular and Home Affairs.

Over lunch, the House was a hive of activity as diplomats and their families met trusted diplomatic suppliers in the Living in London Expo, sponsored by BMW Park Lane, IDS Diplomatic Supplies, Rowland Brothers International and Towergate Embassy Insurance. After that diplomats and their families attended a personal safety seminar hosted by Constable Brian Pitkin of the Diplomatic Protection Group. It was an intense day of networking, but all the delegates agreed it was the perfect launching pad for their London posting.


Charles Gray addresses the delegates on the role of the Marshal

Paola Ramirez talks about the activities of the Young Diplomats in London

Michael Edmonds, Towergate Embassy Insurance and Matt Boyles, BMW Park Lane

Cathy Dickson of the Canadian High Commission introduces diplomats to the London Diplomatic Science Club and International TradeNet

Patrick Doyle (IDS) speaks to Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy)

Polad Mammadoglu (Azerbaijan) and David Tan (Monarch House Serviced Apartments)

Economic attachés attend the Trade/Economic workshop, with speakers Jeremy Fern (City), Stephen Cartwright (UKTI), Christopher Goodwin (IFSL) and moderated by Carol Scarisbrick

Mrs Paulett Lewis and Ms Karen Ferson from Mount School

Marina Yusof (Malaysia) and Nqobile Dlamini (Swaziland) exchange cards

Rossana Pittelli of the Italian Cultural Institute

Mr Eric Squires and Mrs Philippa Squires from Bell Bedgebury International School

Mr Xiong Jua (China)

Kim Spooner and MargaretAnne Khoury (Southbank) answering questions about education in London

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