British Consul General in New York and HM Trade Commissioner for North America

Antony Phillipson

Biography

Antony Phillipson was announced as Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America in February 2018. He became Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York in November 2017.

Antony joined the Civil Service in 1993.

He has held a number of posts in Her Majesty’s Government.

Previous roles include:

  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington
  • Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group
  • High Commissioner to Singapore
  • Director (EU External), European and Global Issues Secretariat, Cabinet Office
  • Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU)

Antony has a degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.

British Consul General in New York

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.

The Consul General leads the government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

HM Trade Commissioner for North America

The HM Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for North America oversees all Department for International Trade (DIT) work in North America including:

  • growing the overall bilateral trade and investment relationship
  • improving market access for British companies, including small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)
  • developing finance and trade policy

The HMTC also works closely with the wider diplomatic network and UK based colleagues to coordinate HMG activity on our wider prosperity agenda.

Previous roles in government

  1. Director for International Agreements and Trade

    • 2015 to 2017
  2. British High Commissioner to Singapore

    • 2011 to 2015

Announcements

  1. Formula One Art Exhibition and Reception - Speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  2. Sustainable Manufacturing Workshop speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  3. Joint Day of Climate Action - Human Dynamics of Climate Change Speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  4. Singapore National Paralympic Council Fundraising Reception - Speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  5. Glasgow School of Art Singapore Degree Show 2014 - Speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  6. High Commissioner's speech at HM The Queen's Birthday Party 2014 in Singapore
  7. Green Growth & Business Forum - Speech by HE Antony Phillipson
  8. The internationalisation of the Renminbi
  9. 70th Anniversary of Operation Jaywick
  10. Speech at the official opening of Richburg Lotus Singapore