British High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Management Board Overseas Network Representative

Alison Blake


Ms Alison Blake has been British High Commissioner to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, since January 2016, and also serves as the Overseas Network Representative on the FCO Board. She joined the British Civil Service in 1989 and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996. She served a number of Diplomatic postings at home and overseas. Her immediate past posting was in Islamabad as the Deputy British High Commissioner.

Ms Blake is a native Londoner, with a keen interest in Ancient and Modern History, which she studied at Oxford University. After completing her BA in 1983, she worked as an archaeologist in London. Following that, Alison worked for an economic policy research think tank before entering the British Civil Service in 1989.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh

The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Management Board Overseas Network Representative

The Management Board Overseas Network representative gives corporate leadership to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers.

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner Designate to Bangladesh

    • 2016 to 2016


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  1. Alison Blake's speech at Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Bangladesh (DCAB)

    • Speech
  2. Speech by Alison Blake at Foreign Investors' Chamber of Commerce & Industry

    • Speech
  3. Alison Blake's first Press Conference in Bangladesh

    • Speech