The British Embassy in Madrid has announced that Sara Munsterhjelm has been appointed Vice Consul at the Consulate in Alicante.
She replaces Lloyd Milen, who has taken over as Consul-General for north-east Spain and the Balearic Islands, based in Barcelona.
Sara has already been working there for more than six years, assisting vulnerable British nationals. Previously she was on the Department of Health team, also based in Alicante. Both roles have given her an insight into many of the challenges and benefits experienced by those visiting or living in Spain.
She said: “I am really excited about the opportunity to take a lead in the support we offer British nationals in this area of Spain.
“My experience means I have a good understanding of the needs of residents and tourists and I’m looking forward to working with the local Spanish authorities and the voluntary sector to ensure Brits can access the support and information they need.”
Sarah-Jane Morris, Consul for Alicante and Madrid, said: “I’m very glad that Sara is taking over in Alicante. Her experience puts her in a great position to make sure we continue to offer a high-quality service to all our customers.”
Sara has lived in Alicante for nine years with her family, having moved to Spain shortly after completing a degree in Spanish and German at Manchester University.
Alicante is one of the busiest British Consulates in the world and handled almost 450 deaths, detentions and hospitalisations in 2014 and 2015.
The team also dealt with more than 1,200 cases of lost and stolen passports.
The consular region covers Alicante, Valencia, Castellon, Murcia and Albacete.