Dr Alastair McPhail CMG OBE was appointed Her Majesty’s British Consul General to Jerusalem in January 2014. Dr McPhail has worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 19 years. He was HM Ambassador to South Sudan from independence on 9 July 2011 until his departure in March 2013. Prior to becoming Ambassador to South Sudan he was HM Consul General in Juba from March 2011 until South Sudan became independent and the Consulate General was upgraded to a sovereign Embassy.
From 1996-2000 he worked on the northern Iraqi Kurdish peace process. He worked on Sudan from 2000-2005, first as Head of the Egypt, Libya and Sudan Section in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, then as Head of the Sudan Unit - the UK’s international team charged with supporting the Sudan peace process - and finally as the UK Special Representative for Sudan. Dr McPhail attended every round of the negotiations on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement from the first session at Machakos to the final session at Naivasha. After that he took up overseas roles such as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Rome, Italy and as the UK Special Envoy to Mali during a hostage crisis.
British Consul General Jerusalem
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to South Sudan
- 2011 to 2013