ISLAMABAD - The United Kingdom has appointed Philip Barton as the new British High Commissioner to Pakistan. He will succeed Adam Thomson, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Barton will be taking up his appointment during in coming January. Barton joined the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986.
His last posting was as Deputy Head of Mission in Washington. He has held a number of positions dealing with South Asian issues, including Director of Foreign Policy and Afghanistan and Pakistan; Co-coordinator in the Cabinet Office as part of the Secretariat supporting the National Security Council; Additional Director for South Asia in the FCO; and a posting in New Delhi. He has served as Private Secretary to Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair.
He has also been posted to Gibraltar as Deputy Governor, Nicosia as Deputy High Commissioner and Caracas.