THE Vice Consul in Alicante, Lloyd Milen, has been appointed as Consul-General in Barcelona and the Consular Regional Manager for north-east Spain.
Mr Milen, who will take up the position next month, replaces Andrew Gwatkin, who has left for a new role outside the Foreign Office. Recruitment for a new Vice Consul in Alicante now begins this week.
Consul-General Mr Milen will represent UK interests and lead the teams of the British Consulates in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza, as well as the British Honorary Consuls in Menorca, Tarragona, Gerona and Andorra.
Lloyd Milen said: “I am delighted to take up this opportunity to lead three very experienced consular teams who provide high quality assistance to the British visitors and residents that need our help.
The consulates of north-east Spain are among the busiest in the world, together handling nearly 600 serious assistance cases last year; from deaths to detentions to hospitalisations and issuing more than 1,200 emergency passports.”
The north-east consular region sees some 5.2 million British visitors every year, many to the popular destinations of Barcelona, the Catalan coast and Balearics resorts. In addition, more than 37,000 Britons are registered as residents of the region, with many more thought to reside for all or part of the year.
Simon Manley, British Ambassador, said: “Lloyd has been a fantastic asset to British tourists and residents in the Alicante region for the last seven years, and I am very pleased that he will be taking his skills and experience to lead the teams in north-east Spain and Andorra. I have no doubt we will be able to recruit a talented person to replace him, in order to carry on our valuable work there.”