Mark Kent said, ‘I would like to congratulate Bert on his appointment and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. All of us at the Embassy are looking forward very much to working with Bert in the coming months and years.
A few weeks ago it was announced that Bert had been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list; well deserved recognition of the excellent work that Bert already does amongst the British community in Pattaya with the Royal British Legion.’
Mr Elson will be offering emergency assistance to British nationals in Pattaya, as part of the Embassy consular response coordinated by the Consular Team in Bangkok – in the same way as the Honorary Consuls in Koh Samui and Phuket.
The Consular Team in Bangkok will continue to handle the day to day consular business in Pattaya, such as hospitalisations, arrests and prison visiting. Mr Elson will not be carrying out any documentary or notarial duties.