From 1982-1984 Butt served as a Political officer in the British Embassy in Moscow, this was followed by two years assigned to Burma. From 1990-1994 he served in the External Relations Section of the UK Delegation to the EU based in Brussels. Butt was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Kiev from 1997-2000. From 2004-2007 he served as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad, Pakistan. On 7 May 2008 Butt received his first Head of Mission post as the British Ambassador to Lithuania. He was succeeded as ambassador in 2011 by David Hunt.
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