Antony Phillipson

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Antony Phillipson

Antony John Phillipson (born 13 January 1971) is a British diplomat. He was High Commissioner to Singapore from 2011 to April 2015, and is from 2017 the British Consul-General in New York.


Phillipson was educated at Marlborough College and Keble College, Oxford. He joined the Civil Service in 1993, working in the then Department of Trade and Industry where he rose to be Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. He then transferred to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and served at Washington, D.C. 2002–04, as the Prime Minister's Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs 2004–07, as head of the Iran Co-ordination Group at the FCO 2007–10, and as High Commissioner to Singapore from 2011[1][2] to April 2015 when he was replaced to transfer to another Diplomatic Service appointment.[3] He was Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union until November 2017, when he was appointed HMs Consuls-General in New York and Director-General of International Trade North America.[4]

In addition to his diplomacy-related career, Antony Phillipson is a keen supporter of arts and culture, and was one of the patrons of the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore from 2011 to 2015[5]


  1. ^ Change of British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 25 November 2010
  2. ^ Appointments: High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore, The Times, London, 1 December 2010
  3. ^ Change of British High Commissioner to Singapore, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 27 February 2015
  4. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Consul General in New York". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ British Theatre Playhouse - Patrons
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Matthew Rycroft
Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs to the Prime Minister
Succeeded by
Matthew Gould
Preceded by
Paul Madden
High Commissioner to Singapore
Succeeded by
Scott Wightman
Preceded by
Antonia Romeo
as HM Consul-General NYC
and Director-General, Economic and Commercial Affairs USA
Her Majesty's Consul-General in New York,
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

November 2017
Succeeded by
International Trade North America,
UK Trade & Investment

November 2017