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Biography of Lieutenant Governor

Sir Richard Gozney KCMG CVO 

Richard Gozney

After graduating from St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1973, Sir Richard Gozney joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and went on to have a varied career in diplomacy. 

In 1989, after foreign postings that included Jakarta, Buenos Aires and Madrid, Sir Richard was Private Secretary to three Foreign and Commonwealth Secretaries: Sir Geoffrey Howe, John Major and Douglas Hurd. 

As a student Sir Richard had been a volunteer teacher at Rusinga Island Community School in Kenya and had developed a love for Africa, so he was delighted when in 1993 he was appointed British High Commissioner to Swaziland. After serving three years in Swaziland he was appointed Head of the Foreign Office Department advising on the foreign policy aspects of defence and then Chief of the Intelligence Assessment Staff. 

Sir Richard returned overseas when he was appointed British Ambassador to Indonesia in 2000 and then British High Commissioner to Nigeria in 2004.  In 2007 Sir Richard’s last FCO posting was as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda. 

Sir Richard has many outside interests and these include bird watching, walking and sailing - all interests he looks forward to enjoying during his term of office in the Isle of Man.  

Lady Gozney

Diana Gozney was born and educated in the UK. She worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 10 years, including overseas postings in Malaysia, Cuba and Argentina, where she met her husband. She has two sons, both in their twenties. In her spare time she enjoys golf, tennis, walking and getting to know new territories.

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