Congratulations to Old Olavian, Stephen Hickey, who has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq in succession to Mr Jon Wilks CMG who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Hickey left the school in 1997 and will take up his appointment during November 2019. Mr Hickey shared with me recently that his time at
St. Olave’s was fundamental in helping him pursue a career as a British diplomat. Amongst so many things, learning Latin to GCSE proved invaluable as a framework for later learning Arabic with the Foreign Office, and learning how to debate as part of the school debating club gave him skills that he uses every day as a diplomat.