Stephen Lillie

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Stephen Lillie CMG (born 4 February 1966)[1] is a British diplomat who is High Commissioner to Cyprus.


Lillie was educated at South Wolds Comprehensive School and The Queen's College, Oxford. He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1988 and was sent for Chinese language training at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Chinese University of Hong Kong 1989–91. He served in Beijing 1992–96, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 1996–99, at Guangzhou as Consul-General 1999–2003, and in New Delhi 2003–06. He was head of the Far Eastern Department at the FCO 2006–09, then ambassador to the Philippines and also non-resident ambassador to Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau 2009–13. He was Director, Asia Pacific, at the FCO 2013–17 and was then appointed to be High Commissioner to the Republic of Cyprus from April 2018.[1][2]



  1. ^ a b "Lillie, Stephen". Who's Who 2018. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Change of British High Commissioner to Cyprus". Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 13 July 2017.
  3. ^ "The Order of Sikatuna". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines.
  4. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B4.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ian Wellfare
British Consul-General in Guangzhou
Succeeded by
Christopher Wood
Preceded by
Peter Beckingham
British Ambassador to the Philippines, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau
Succeeded by
Asif Ahmad
Preceded by
Matthew Kidd
British High Commissioner to Cyprus