Barney Smith

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Lloyd Barnaby "Barney" Smith CMG (born 21 July 1945) is a retired British ambassador, now chairman of Coastal Energy.


Smith was educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Brasenose College, Oxford. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1968 and served in Bangkok, Paris, Dublin, Brussels and Bangkok (with a year at the École nationale d'administration in Paris). He was ambassador to Nepal 1995–99 and ambassador to Thailand (concurrently non-resident ambassador to Laos) 2000–03. He has been editor of Asian Affairs since 2005. He has been a non-executive director since 2006, and chairman since 2011, of Coastal Energy, an oil and gas company working in Thailand and Malaysia.[1]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Timothy George
British Ambassador to Nepal
Succeeded by
Ronald Nash
Preceded by
Sir James Hodge
British Ambassador to Thailand
Succeeded by
David Fall
British Ambassador to Laos (non-resident)