British Embassy to recruit new Honorary Consul for Menorca. Deborah Hellyer retires after 23 years of service to British nationals.
The British Embassy is launching the search for a new Honorary Consul for the island of Menorca, following the decision by Deborah Hellyer to stand down this month after 23 years’ service.
The Honorary Consul is an important post that represents the UK Government on Menorca and provides a first point of contact for British nationals requiring assistance. The role is supported by the full-time British Consulate team in Palma de Mallorca, which also oversees Menorca.
HM Ambassador, Simon Manley, said:
“I would like to thank Deborah Hellyer for all she has done for British nationals living in and visiting Menorca, and all she has done to support the work of consular colleagues based on Mallorca.
“Deborah has made a tremendous contribution, over almost a quarter of a century, assisting British residents and visitors alike. Her support has proved invaluable for our activity on this island, which is so dear to the heart of so many Britons, and I wish her all the very best for a well deserved retirement.”
Deborah Hellyer, who was awarded an MBE for her work in 2002, said:
“It has been an honour to serve British nationals, and an enriching experience that has given me huge pleasure. I am enormously grateful to the Menorcan authorities, both civil and military, to the Consular Corps, to the people of Menorca and the British resident population all of whom have always been so generous, kind and helpful.
“I offer my best wishes to my successor in this important and fulfilling role, who will be well supported by my full-time consular colleagues in Palma de Mallorca.”
The Honorary Consul role involves providing first-response consular assistance to British nationals on issues such as lost/stolen passports, hospitalisation and police detention, and also a limited representational role in maintaining contact with the local authorities. In a crisis, the Honorary Consul is expected to provide reliable and immediate information to the Consulate in Mallorca.
The position is voluntary and non-salaried, although a small honorarium is paid and reasonable expenses reimbursed. The job is likely to suit a professional person of good standing in the community, who has their own offices with sufficient space to accommodate the Honorary Consulate and customers. Fluency in both English and Spanish is needed.
Until a new Honorary Consul is appointed, the full-time consular team in Palma de Mallorca will continue, as always, to assist British nationals in Menorca over the telephone, and in person on the island when required and appropriate via appointment.
The United Kingdom has long links with Menorca stretching back more than 300 years, since Colonel Richard Kane, the first British Governor, arrived in 1712. More than 450,000 Britons visit the island every year, and some 3,200 British nationals are registered on the Padrón as residents.
Comprehensive consular information is available on www.gov.uk and the telephone number for consular assistance in Menorca is +34 933 666 200.