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Change of British High Commissioner to Singapore

Mr Scott Wightman CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore.

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Andrew Scott Wightman

Mr Scott Wightman CMG has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore in succession to Mr Antony Phillipson, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Wightman will take up his appointment later this year.

Mr Wightman joined the FCO in 1983. He has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris and Rome, where he was Deputy Head of Mission from 2002 to 2006. He was Director for Global and Economic Issues in the FCO from 2006-2008, then Director for Asia Pacific from 2008 to 2010. His most recent appointment was as HM Ambassador to the Republic of Korea until January 2015.

On his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore, Mr Wightman said:

I am honoured to have been appointed the next British High Commissioner to Singapore. In this 50th anniversary year of Singapore’s independence I look forward to building on President Tan’s successful State Visit to the UK last year and to helping develop further the close economic, political and cultural relationship between our two countries.


Full name: Andrew Norman Scott Wightman CMG
2011 – Jan 2015 Seoul, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2008 – 2010 FCO, Director, Asia Pacific
2006 – 2008 FCO, Director, Global and Economic Issues
2002 – 2006 British Embassy, Rome, Deputy Head of Mission
1998 – 2001 FCO, Assistant Director, Personnel Policy
1995 – 1998 British Embassy, Paris, First Secretary, External
1994 – 1995 On secondment at French Foreign Ministry
1991 – 1993 FCO, Resource and Finance Department
1989 – 1991 Cabinet Office, Assessment Staff
1986 – 1989 British Embassy, Beijing, Second Secretary, Commercial
1984 – 1986 Chinese language training
1983 Joined FCO

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Published 27 February 2015