Deputy High Commissioner leaves Kenya after 4.5 years

John Murton and Zoe Murton
John Murton with his wife Zoe as they prepare to depart Kenya. Photo: Twitter/JohnMurton

The UK’s Deputy High Commisssioner to Kenya, Doctor John Murton, has left Kenya after four-and-a-half years in post.

Announcing his departure on Twitter, Dr Murton said: “Leaving Kenya after 4.5 fascinating years. Thanks Kenya for making me so welcome! Praying for good elections. Till the next time!”

His Tweet was liked by Swedish Ambassador Johan Borgstam, Canadian High Commissioner Sara Hradecky and Australian High Commissioner John Feakes among others.

Along with being deputy to High Commissioner Nic Hailey, he also served as the UK’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Kenya and lead the UK’s trade and investment effort in Kenya.

Prior to taking up his post in Kenya, Dr Murton was as Head of the Foreign Ministry department dealing with the UK’s relations with East and South East Asia and Australasia.

Earlier roles included being the UK’s High Commissioner to Mauritius and Ambassador to Madagascar. He has considerable professional experience in East and Southern Africa, having worked in Zimbabwe, researched his Cambridge University PhD in Kenya, as well as having conducted research in Turkana.

Other previous positions include working at NATO Headquarters and the UK’s Foreign Ministry in London.John has previously served in Japan, at NATO Headquarters and at the UK’s Foreign Ministry in London.

Here at Brits in Kenya, we would like to thank Dr Murton for all his hard work while Deputy High Commissioner in Kenya and wish him the very best of luck in his next role.

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