Effective government relations in South and Southern Africa


Tim Hughes – Director/ CEO

Tim Hughes is an Executive Director of Diplocom. A former lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Tim has worked for the South African trade union and corporate sector. He has been a member of the prestigious South African Institute of International Affairs since 1989 and established SAIIA’s Parliamentary Office, its SADC Parliaments Programme and its Governance of Africa’s Resources programme. Having lived and worked in some 22 African countries, Tim has consulted to governments ranging from the United States and Britain, to the Scandinavian countries and EU, as well as to those in the Middle East, Gulf Region and Asia.

Anne Stone

Anne has wide experience in the corporate sector, having worked in the Public Affairs arena for over ten years both in South Africa and abroad. Armed with a Public Administration degree and a Master's in Business Administration, Anne has a good understanding how governments and their international organisations operate. Her strength lies in public and political affairs, along with regulatory affairs.

Stephen McQueen – Account Executive

Steve is a former diplomat who served for over twenty years in the top South African diplomatic posts in the USA, the Russian Federation and the Middle East. He has travelled extensively, with his last assignment seeing him serve as South Africa’s Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Trade. Skilled as a negotiator, speaker and facilitator within various UN fora, Stephen served variously as leader and advisor to South African disarmament delegations at UN Commissions in New York, Geneva and Vienna. Whilst in Pretoria, he was seconded to represent the former Department of Foreign Affairs, overlooking South Africa’s UN Treaty obligations at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), whilst simultaneously shepherding the ratification by South Africa, of the complex Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, through the South African Parliament.