Mr James Bevan CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to India. He will succeed Sir Richard Stagg KCMG.
Mr Bevan will take up his appointment in November 2011.
Mr Bevan studied Social Anthropology at Sussex University and joined the Foreign Office in 1982. He has served in a number of bilateral and multilateral missions overseas and has worked on a wide range of political, security, economic, development and other issues. In his previous job as the FCO’s Chief Operating Officer he led the FCO’s modernisation programme and supervised its global operations, migration and consular work. He is married to Janet Purdie, an English teacher. They have three daughters.
On his appointment as British High Commissioner to India, Mr Bevan said:
“I am honoured and delighted to have been appointed Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to India. The UK and India have a strong and deep relationship, many shared interests, and close ties between our peoples. Our two countries are committed to building an enhanced and forward-looking partnership for the 21st Century. I look forward to playing my part in that.”
James David Bevan
FCO, Chief Operating Officer and Director General for Corporate Affairs
Harvard University, Visiting Fellow, Centre for International Affairs
FCO, Director for Africa
FCO, Director for the Balkans
FCO, Head of European Union Department
FCO, Head of Africa Department (Equatorial)
Washington, First Secretary
Paris, First Secretary
FCO, European Union Department (External)
1986-1990 Brussels (UK Delegation to NATO), First Secretary
Kinshasa, Second Secretary
FCO, Near East and North Africa Department
FCO, Western European Department