Philip Barton

Sir Philip Robert Barton KCMG OBE (born 18 August 1963) is a senior British diplomat, currently the Permanent Under-Secretary of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He was previously British High Commissioner to India; he was High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2014 to 2016.[1][2]

Sir Philip Barton

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Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Affairs
Head of HM Diplomatic Service
Assumed office
2 September 2020
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Sec. of StateDominic Raab
Preceded bySir Simon McDonald as Permanent under Secretary to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
British High Commissioner to India
In office
2020 – September 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Preceded bySir Dominic Asquith
Director-General, Consular and Security
In office
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Boris Johnson
Succeeded byThomas Drew
Personal details
Born (1963-08-18) 18 August 1963 (age 57)
Spouse(s)Amanda Barton
Children2 (1 daughter, 1 son)
Alma materWarwick University
London School of Economics


Barton gained a BA degree from Warwick University and a MSc in economics from the London School of Economics. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986 and served at Caracas, New Delhi, at the FCO, and on secondment to the Cabinet Office and as a private secretary to the Prime Minister. He was deputy High Commissioner to Cyprus 2000–04; deputy Governor of Gibraltar 2005–08 (with a spell as acting Governor in 2006); Director, South Asia, at the FCO 2008–09; Director, Foreign Policy and Afghanistan, and Pakistan Co-ordinator at the Cabinet Office 2009–11; deputy head of mission at Washington, D.C. 2011–14; and was appointed High Commissioner to Pakistan from January 2014.[3][4][5] He left Islamabad at the end of his assignment on 11 February 2016 and took up a post as Director General Consular & Security at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, which he left in January 2020 to assume the role of High Commissioner to India, with the presentation of his credentials to the President of India on 08 July, 2020.[2][1][6]


Barton was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1997 Birthday Honours,[7] Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2007 Birthday Honours,[8] and Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to British foreign policy.[9]

Action as High Commissioner to PakistanEdit

Anti-tobacco movements in Pakistan and in the UK blamed Philip Barton for his participation in a delegation led by British American Tobacco in 2015 to complain about the Pakistani government's decision to increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packs. "Inside sources at the Health Ministry confirmed the participation of the British High Commissioner in the meeting as a member of the delegation."[10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Philip Barton - GOV.UK". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b Change of British High Commissioner, British High Commission Islamabad, 11 February 2016.
  3. ^ BARTON, Philip Robert, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013
  4. ^ Philip Barton, British High Commissioner to Pakistan,
  5. ^ New British High Commissioner arrives in Pakistan, British High Commission Islamabad, 15 January 2014
  6. ^ "Envoys of three nations present Credentials through Video Conference". Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  7. ^ "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1997. p. 24.
  8. ^ "No. 58358". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2007. p. 3.
  9. ^ "No. 62866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 December 2019. p. N4.
  10. ^ BAT team asks govt to withdraw decision
  11. ^ Lured by revenues’ argument, Dar forms committee
  12. ^ Action on Smoking and Health article: Pakistan: BAT team asks govt to withdraw decision
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Dominick Chilcott
Deputy Ambassador to the USA
Succeeded by
Patrick Davies
Preceded by
Sir Adam Thomson
High Commissioner to Pakistan
Succeeded by
Thomas Drew
Preceded by
Sir Dominic Asquith
High Commissioner to India