New British High Commissioner appointed


Mr Paul Madden has been appointed British High Commissioner to Australia in succession to Baroness Amos. Mr Madden will take up his appointment during January 2011.

Mr Madden has been British High Commissioner in Singapore since 2007. He joined the FCO in 1988 and has spent much of his career in Asia, serving in Singapore (twice), Washington DC and Tokyo. He was Managing Director at UK Trade & Investment from 2005-7 and Head of Public Diplomacy at the FCO from 2003-5. He has also worked on EU and Climate Change issues at the FCO. He worked at the Dept of Trade & Industry in the early 1980s, including two stints as a minister’s private secretary.

He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge, an MBA from Durham, studied Japanese at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His first book "Raffles: Lessons in Business Leadership" was published in 2003. He is married to Sarah and has three teenage children.

On his appointment as High Commissioner to Australia, Mr Madden has said “I am delighted and honoured to be taking up this appointment in Australia, a fantastic country which I have visited many times to see family and friends. Australia is a close partner of the UK in international groupings like G20 and the Commonwealth, and across a very wide range of areas including defence, security, economics, trade and investment. The government to government relationship is reinforced by many personal ties: millions of our citizens visit each other’s countries and although we’re on opposite sides of the globe we always feel like neighbours.”

For more information, visit the UK Trade & Invest website.

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