British Excessive Commissioner to India Sir Philip Barton has been promoted as a minister within the newly fashioned Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace.
The UK Overseas Workplace stated Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab had authorized the appointment of Mr Barton because the Everlasting Underneath-Secretary of the brand new ministry, which had been unveiled by the UK PM earlier this 12 months as a brand new “tremendous division” that may merge the UK’s Division for Worldwide Improvement (DfID) with the Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace (FCO).
“I’m delighted that Sir Philip has been efficiently chosen because the Everlasting Underneath-Secretary of the brand new Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace. He’s an excellent public servant and diplomat with expertise throughout all areas of overseas coverage,” Mr Raab stated.
“Philip is nicely positioned to deliver collectively the expertise and experience of each departments whereas serving to mix our overseas and improvement coverage in a means that’s progressive, bold and extra built-in than ever earlier than,” he stated.
Mr Barton takes up his new put up from September 1 however the Overseas Workplace is but to substantiate particulars round his present posting, based mostly in New Delhi. He had offered his credentials because the British envoy to President Ram Nath Kovind in a digital ceremony final month.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed because the Everlasting Underneath-Secretary of the brand new Overseas, Commonwealth and Improvement Workplace. I look ahead to bringing collectively our diplomats and improvement specialists to ship for the folks of the UK and act as a drive for good world wide,” Mr Barton stated.
The appointment, confirmed by UK Cupboard Secretary Mark Sedwill, brings to a detailed the time period of Sir Simon McDonald as the pinnacle of the quickly to be remodeled FCO.
Mr Sedwill stated: “Philip will deliver to the position an understanding of abroad improvement funding along with expertise of worldwide relations. Underneath his management, I’m assured that the brand new organisation will strengthen the UK’s world management by aligning our improvement and diplomatic efforts to deliver extra coherence to our worldwide presence.
“I must also wish to thank Sir Simon McDonald for his management of the Overseas and Commonwealth workplace for the final 5 years, and Nick Dyer who has been main the Division for Worldwide Improvement on an interim foundation since March.”
A profession civil servant, Barton joined the FCO within the 1980s and has held roles similar to Director Normal, Consular and Safety, and earlier than that because the Appearing Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee within the Cupboard Workplace.
Earlier in his profession, he was the Excessive Commissioner to Islamabad, Deputy Head of Mission in Washington, and Director, Overseas Coverage and Afghanistan/Pakistan coordinator.
His promotion to take cost of the latest authorities ministry comes after Johnson advised the Home of Commons in June that his ambition was for the “tremendous division” to maximise Britain’s affect and combine all strands of post-Brexit Britain.
Mr Raab will proceed to move the remodeled FCO and can now be empowered to resolve which international locations obtain – or stop to obtain – British help, whereas delivering a “single UK technique” for every nation, overseen by a Nationwide Safety Council chaired by the UK PM.