New FCO under-secretary

The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced the appointment of Gillian Merron as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State earlier this month.

The FCO post means Ms Merron will serve as chief adviser to the British Overseas Territories. She replaced Meg Munn, who held that post for less than a year.

Before joining the FCO, Ms Merron was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at DFID (January 2008 – October 2008). Prior to that, she served as Cabinet Office Minister and Minister for the East Midlands at the Cabinet Office (June 2007 – January 2008) and Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Transport (2006 – 2007).

Ms Merron has also been a Government Whip and an Assistant Government Whip, as well as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Minister for Defence Procurement and the Minister for the Armed Forces.

She was elected Member of Parliament for Lincoln in 1997. Born on 12 April 1959, she was educated at Wanstead High School and Lancaster University, where she gained a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences.

Ms Merron has lived and worked in the East Midlands for many years, starting work in 1982 as a Business Development Adviser before becoming a Local Government Officer then a Trade Union Official for NUPE and UNISON.