Meet Britain's next High Commissioner to Ghana - Iain Walker

Friday, 03 February 2017

The past few weeks have seen a wind of fresh change sweep across the Ghanaian political landscape, and the winds of change do not seem to be slowing down. I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting the British High Commissioner Designate to Ghana Iain Walker who will be replacing the incredible incumbent High Commissioner H.E. Jon Benjamin when his stint concludes in summer 2017.

The BHC-Designate comes into the position with an impressive resume in hand. He has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the past 6 years, spending four of those years as Director of the Board. A law graduate from the University of Dundee, his experience is wide-ranging, including a consulting role for PwC, a two year stint in the UK Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit as a policy lead in transformational government and a four year role at EY (formerly Ernst & Young – one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms).

Speaking to him, I was blown away by his vibrancy and his enthusiasm for this momentous role. Mr Walker was really excited about going to Ghana for the first time. As well as looking forward to meeting Ghanaians, Iain couldn’t wait to put all his time and energies towards this role! He seemed so vibrant and ready to help.

From our brief discussions I was left in no doubt that Iain will handle his new diplomatic role with aplomb, great poise and excellence.

I found the BHC-Designate’s enthusiasm to be infectious. I walked away from our maiden meeting enthused and excited to begin a wonderful new working relationship with the dynamic British High Commissioner Designate, Iain Walker, and look forward to embarking on a new chapter building on the long-standing and fruitful collaboration between the GUBA Enterprise and the British High Commission in Ghana.

GUBA will be holding time with the BHC-Designate in May at the FCO ahead of the GUBA Awards on 3rd of June 2017 to which Mr Walker has already confirmed his attendance.