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Reviewed 31 August 2011

UK-IPO appoints new Director

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Holland as their new Director of International Policy.

Peter will commence his appointment on the 18 August 2008.

Prior to joining the UK-IPO, Peter worked for the Cabinet Office as Head of the Afghanistan Strategy Team.

UK-IPO Chief Executive, Ian Fletcher said, "I am delighted with this new appointment. Peter will add a breadth of talent and experience to the UK-IPO. It is essential that in our policy work we make full use of the resources and talents of the FCO. Peter is joining the office at an exciting time as we prepare to help UK companies to compete in the global economy."

Editor's notes


Peter began his career in 1988 as an NHS general management trainee. He spent most of his 11 years in the NHS working in south London developing primary and community health services.

Peter Holland has been a Foreign Office (FCO) civil servant since 1999.

His first jobs in the FCO were as desk officer and then deputy head in the Drugs and International Crime Department.

Between 2001-2004 he spent three years at the British High Commission, New Delhi covering Indian domestic politics and human rights issues.

Most recently, from February 2005 until the end of last year, Peter headed the Afghan Drugs Inter-Departmental Unit, a cross-departmental team which led the UK's effort as international lead of the counter narcotics campaign in Afghanistan.

Since then he has managed a small team attached to the Cabinet Office responsible for co-ordinating the UK's overall Afghanistan strategy.

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Date of release: 18 August 2008