He will succeed Paul Madden who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Phillipson will take up his appointment during April 2011.
Mr Phillipson joined the Civil Service in 1993 and began his career in the Department of Trade and Industry where his posts included Private Secretary and then Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State. After four years in the Embassy in Washington he was the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs and, most recently, Head of the Iran Co-ordination Group in the FCO.
He is married to Julie and they have three young boys.
On his appointment as British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore, Mr Phillipson said:
“It is a great honour to be appointed High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore. I look forward to continuing and enhancing the partnership between our countries in pursuit of our shared interests of global prosperity and security. My family and I are thrilled to have the chance to experience the dynamism and excitement of life in Singapore.”
Antony John Phillipson
FCO, Iran Co-ordinator, Middle East and North Africa Directorate
No 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Washington, Counsellor Trade/Transport then Counsellor Global Issues
Washington, First Secretary Trade Policy
Department for Trade and Industry, Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Department for Trade and Industry, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Department for Trade and Industry, Desk Officer, North American Trade Policy Unit
Department for Trade and Industry, Desk Officer, Competition Policy Division
Department for Trade and Industry, Desk Officer, Technology Programmes and Services Division