New British ambassador
Mr Buck, 41, will take up his new appointment in September 2004. He is married with two children and has already enjoyed a successful career in the Foreign Office, with some challenging posts. Until recently, he was Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Iraq. He has worked in the FCO/No 10 as Head of the Communications and Information Centre and has worked in Nicosia, Cyprus and Sofia in Bulgaria.
Mr Buck is already familiar with Portugal – he was the Head of Chancery in Lisbon between 1988 and 1992 – and is said to be looking forward to returning to the country.