High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

Media release

23 August 2012

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced The Hon Mike Rann as Australia's next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mr Rann will replace Mr John Dauth AO LVO, who has been High Commissioner since September 2008.

"Mike Rann has exceptional business and personal links with the UK," Senator Carr said.

"His knowledge of many of the big British companies that invest in Australia or trade with us will be a particular advantage in his new post."

"He has friends on both sides of British politics and will very quickly take up the agenda that John Dauth has pursued so vigorously.

"The academic posts he has embraced since leaving the Premiership also equip him as High Commissioner."

Mr Rann was Premier of South Australia from 2002 to 2011. Over 22 years of parliamentary service he also held ministerial portfolios including Economic Development, Social Inclusion, Sustainability and Climate Change and the Arts.

As Premier, he helped establish closer links with the United Kingdom in defence, mining and energy. In 2007 he became the inaugural Chair of the Council for the Australian Federation.

Mr Rann is Chair of Low Carbon Australia Limited, a position he has held since 2011. In 2007 he joined the International Leadership Council of the UK-based The Climate Group (a not-for-profit organisation), and sits on the International Advisory Board of Britain's Ecological Sequestration Trust.

He concurrently holds academic positions including Professorial Fellow in Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University; Adjunct Professor in Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University; and Fellow for Democracy and Development at the Centre for National Policy in Washington DC.

Mr Rann has a Master of Arts with Honours in Political Studies from the University of Auckland and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia.

Australia and the United Kingdom enjoy a close and cooperative relationship, underpinned by a shared history and values, aligned security interests and collaboration on international issues.

The UK is Australia's second largest source of foreign direct investment ($69.7 billion in 2011) and most important trading partner in Europe. In 2011, Australia's total two-way trade with the UK was valued at over $23 billion.

The UK is Australia's second largest source of international visitors, with over 600,000 arriving last year.

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