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Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Russian Federation

Mr Tim Barrow CMG LVO MBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

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He will succeed Dame Anne Fyfe Pringle DCMG. Mr Barrow will take up his appointment during November 2011.

Tim Barrow joined the FCO in 1986 and has held a wide range of posts doing both bilateral and multilateral work, including postings to Moscow, Brussels (to the European Union), and Kiev. He was most recently the UK Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the EU and, before that, Ambassador to Ukraine.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Mr Barrow said:

“I am very pleased to be returning to Russia. I have good memories of working in Moscow in the early 90s. I look forward to getting to know again this vast and dynamic country and to continuing the steady work of developing relations between our two countries”.

Curriculum vitae

Full name:

Tim Barrow

2008 - present

UKRep Brussels, Representative to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and Ambassador to the Western European Union

2006 - 2008

British Embassy Kiev, Her Majesty’s Ambassador

2005 - 2006

FCO, Deputy Political Director

2003 - 2005

FCO, Assistant Director EU External

2000 - 2003

FCO, Head of Common Foreign and Security Department

1998 - 2000

FCO, Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary

1996 - 1998

UKRep Brussels, First Secretary

1994 - 1996

FCO, Private Secretary to Minister of State

1993 - 1994

FCO, Head of Russia Section

1990 - 1993

British Embassy Moscow, Second Secretary


British Days Exhibition, Kiev

1988 - 1989

Russian Language Training

1987 - 1988

FCO, Desk Officer, Western European Department


Joined FCO

Published 2 August 2011