Bharat was born in Croydon, United Kingdom in 1969.
He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1995 and has had diplomatic postings to the Gambia, Dhaka and Qatar. He was most recently British High Commissioner to Cameroon, and non-Resident Ambassador to Gabon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Central African Republic.
Before that he worked as a Private Secretary to two British Ministers, as well as in various Departments of the FCO including the European Union Department and Press Office.
Bharat has experience of crisis management and has been deployed to the scenes of major incidents involving British nationals, including after the bombing of the British Consulate-General in Istanbul in 2003.
Bharat’s varied career has been spent dealing with a full range of HMG objectives, including promoting political and economic reform and improved human rights; improved UK prosperity through trade; climate change and UN policy issues. A major part of his portfolio in Chennai is focused on enhancing the trade and investment partnership between the UK on the one hand, and Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry on the other.
Bharat has been married to Bhakti for 17 years and they have two daughters. His interests are cricket, badminton, history, reading and travelling.
Bharat speaks English, French, Gujarati and Hindi and Spanish, and is learning to speak Tamil.
British Deputy High Commissioner Chennai
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
British High Commissioner to Cameroon
- 2009 to 2013
- 26 March 2015
- 26 April 2014
- 14 March 2014
- 6 March 2014
- 21 June 2013