British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, who leaves in June for a posting to India, announced that he would be passing the torch to Miguel Aleman Urteaga at the May 12 International Consular Ball, a yearly gala hosted by the Georgia Council for International Visitors.
“I know he will take the Atlanta Consular Corps from strength to strength,” Mr. Pilmore-Bedford said during the ball, conceived by GCIV, which engages in “citizen diplomacy,” to honor foreign representatives in the state.
Traditionally the dean convenes monthly consular luncheons and handles public engagements for the corps. The position falls to the career diplomat who has served longest in Atlanta. Mr. Aleman is coming up on four years here, having arrived in August 2014. Mr. Pilmore-Bedford took up his post almost exactly a year earlier. HIs stint was extended in the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote in 2016.
Mr. Pilmore-Bedford took to Twitter last week to reaffirm his confidence in Mr. Aleman:
It’s been a pleasure to serve as Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps and I’m grateful for such a lovely tenure in the @Cityofatlanta.
The Corps is in good hands with the Consulate General of Peru.
Thank you for the warm wishes on my new posting and I hope our paths cross again. pic.twitter.com/fkA64CLMb8
— J Pilmore-Bedford (@PilmoreBedford) May 17, 2018
Mr. Aleman a lawyer by training and has served in China and Chile. Learn more about him here.
The Peruvian diplomat has been a guest of Global Atlanta’s Consular Conversations series and will provide introductory remarks at an upcoming event focused on Georgia’s trade ties with Peru May 30. Learn more about that event here: Latin American Crossroads: Peru