British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Bruce Bucknell


Bruce Bucknell is the British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata. He represents the UK in the 13 Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Before taking up his assignment in Kolkata, Bucknell was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus from 2012-16. Previously, he was Deputy Head of Security in Estates and Security Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009-2011) and Deputy Head of the Joint FCO and Department for International Development’s Sudan Unit (2007-09).

He served as First Secretary in the British Embassy in Madrid from 2003-07, and his previous postings were in Milan (1995-99), and Amman (1988-91).

He studied modern history at Durham University, and takes a keen interest in the history of the places he visits.

He is married to Henrietta Dorrington-Ward; they have two sons.

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

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 Ambassador to Belarus

    • 2012 to 2016


  1. UK is committed to eliminating violence against women and girls: Speech by Bruce Bucknell
  2. UK champions rights of girls and women in India and around the world
  3. Workshop on climate risk management strategies for Kolkata
  4. 'TECH Summit is an opportunity to talk about wider collaborations'
  5. 'Technology can help tackle world's challenges'
  6. English Learning & Literature – Text and Context