British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh

Andrew Ayre


Andrew Ayre became the British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh in March 2017.

Andrew is a career diplomat with thirty years experience. He has previously worked in Europe, the Middle East and South America as well as four spells in London.

He has handled a range of portfolios on Middle East and European policy, including postings to Tel Aviv and Vienna. Andrew has also had two EU policy jobs in London and was Head of the Arabian Peninsula Team from 2006-2008.

Andrew’s last overseas assignment was as High Commissioner to Guyana and non-resident Ambassador to Suriname where he lead on the UK’s relationship with two rapidly growing economies. This work included counter narcotics, trade promotion, governance and the promotion of democracy.

He is accompanied in Chandigarh by his wife, Bettina. They have one son who is in university in the UK.

British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh

In some countries, the Deputy High Commissioner leads a subordinate office to the High Commission in another major city. The Deputy High Commissioner fulfils a similar role to a Consul General, representing the UK government and typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to Guyana

    • 2011 to 2015