James David Bevan

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His Excellency
Sir James D. Bevan
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High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to India
Assumed office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Richard Stagg
Personal details
Born (1959-07-13) 13 July 1959 (age 55)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Janet Purdie
Children Jo, Lottie and Rosie
Alma mater Sussex University
Occupation Diplomat

Sir James Bevan KCMG (born 13 July 1959) is a British diplomat, currently High Commissioner to India.


James Bevan was educated at Sussex University. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1982 and served in Kinshasa, Brussels, Paris, and Washington, as well as various posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard (2006–07) and the Chief Operating Officer of the FCO (2007–11). He has been High Commissioner to India since 2011, preceded by Richard Stagg.[1][2] James Bevan was appointed CMG in 2006 and knighted KCMG in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Sir James is married to Janet Purdie. They have three daughters: Jo, Lottie and Rosie.


  1. ^ High Commissioner's biography – UK in India
  2. ^ Change of British High Commissioner to India, Foreign and Commonwealth Office press release, 9 May 2011