Jonathan Knott

Former British ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

Part of UK in Hungary

23rd July 2012 Budapest, Hungary

Better together

I’m very proud of how inclusive a place the UK is. We welcome all kinds of people: whatever their race, religion or minority group. And there are great benefits from doing that. I believe this attitude is not just good for the people who come to the UK or who live there and are not “traditional Britons”. But that Britain is a much better and more prosperous place because of our open and inclusive attitude. Not perfect, of course. But progressive and improving.

That’s why even in my first months here I’ve been keen to do all I can to get involved with minority groups in Hungary. If they can freely play their role in society I believe that those communities will prosper and that, as in the UK, the country and all its people will benefit.

You might have seen from our website that I’ve been able to participate in a couple of important minority-related events recently. I made a contribution to the Budapest Pride week: opening the film festival and taking part in the Pride picnic. And this week I opened a ceremony to commemorate Hannah Szenes, a young Hungarian Jewish woman who joined the British army and tried to liberate Jewish people in Hungary who were destined for the extermination camps during WW2. It was an important moment to remember the repugnance of anti-Semitism and the importance of standing against it. Very different events. But, to me, equally important and moving.

And then this weekend I had the chance to have a little fun while supporting another important and often overlooked group. I played in a tennis event in which able bodied and wheel chair tennis players teamed up to play “mixed doubles”.

I was amazed by the skill of the wheelchair players. Though disappointed by how much my own tennis game has deteriorated over the last year or so! But it was so much fun. And everyone at the event was so welcoming. I had a great time as you can tell from the photos. Hopefully I’ll be invited back next year. Though I’ll have to work on my game before then.

About Jonathan Knott

Jonathan Knott was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary in March 2011 and arrived in Budapest in February 2012 to take up his post. He left this post on April…

Jonathan Knott was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to
Hungary in March 2011 and arrived in Budapest in February 2012 to take
up his post. He left this post on April 2015.
He has previously held a variety of diplomatic posts at home and
abroad, several with a particular focus on commercial and corporate
finance issues. Jonathan has served in a number of positions in the
British Diplomatic Service since joining in 1988:
Before his appointment was Deputy Head of Mission and Director for Trade and Investment in South Korea from 2008 to 2011.Between 2005 and 2008 he held the post of Deputy Finance Director in the FCO.From 2000 to 2005 he served as First Secretary (Trade, Corporate Affairs and Finance Negotiator) in UKDel OECD Paris.From 1996 to 2000 he was First Secretary (Head of Political/Economic/Aid Section) in Mexico.From 1995 to 1996 he worked in the FCO as Deputy European Correspondent at the EU Directorate.Between 1991 and 1995 he served as Third later Second Secretary (Political / Press and Public Affairs) in Havana.From 1990 to 1991 he was Desk Officer in the FCO’s First Gulf War Emergency Unit.Between 1988 and 1990 he worked as Desk Officer in the FCO in the Anti Drugs Cooperation Department.
Jonathan holds an MA in law from Oxford University, and he is a
member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He speaks
English, French, Spanish and Hungarian. He is married to Angela Susan
Knott and has one daughter and two sons.

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