Arthur Snell was born in the south-east of England and educated at Oxford University, where he studied History. After graduating with First Class Honours he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth office. After an initial spell on the Iraq desk in London, Arthur was appointed Second Secretary for Political affairs at the British High Commission in Harare, Zimbabwe. He then spent two years (2001-2003) as Second Secretary (Political/Economic) at the British High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. In 2003 Arthur was able to take up a long-held ambition to study the Arabic language, prior to taking up a posting as First Secretary (Political) at the British Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. After two years in Yemen managing capacity-building programmes for counter-terrorism assistance, Arthur transferred to the British Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he continued to work on counter-terrorism issues.
Previous roles in government
British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago
- 2011 to 2014