Barney Smith

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Lloyd Barnaby "Barney" Smith CMG (born 21 July 1945) is a retired British ambassador.


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 was editor of Asian Affairs 2005–16. He was a non-executive director 2006–14, and chairman 2011–14, of Coastal Energy, an oil and gas company working in Thailand and Malaysia[1] which was bought by CEPSA in 2014.


  1. ^ "Coastal Energy: Board of Directors". Archived from the original on 9 September 2013. 
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)