Crispin Simon is the British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India, the Director General of the Department for International Trade, India and South Asia, and Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia.
Succeeding Kumar Iyer, based in Mumbai, Crispin will have responsibility for all aspects of diplomatic engagement in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. As Director General of the Department for International Trade, he will lead on delivering a strong and vibrant trade and investment relationship across India and the rest of South Asia. As Trade Commissioner, Crispin champions British trade as the UK prepares for future trade agreements with countries around the world.
Crispin Simon comes to India from the UK with extensive leadership and commercial experience across both the private and public sectors. After initial spells with NM Rothschild, McKinsey, Bowater and Smith and Nephew, Crispin spent 20 years as Chief Executive of medical technology companies operating in the fields of cardiology, cancer and neurological rehabilitation. He was formerly a non-executive director of two NHS organisations- Trust Development Authority and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Crispin has also been a trustee of Alive and Kicking, a registered charity manufacturing and donating footballs in Africa.
He has a degree in Politics and Economics from Lincoln College, University of Oxford. He is married to Georgina Brown, a renowned writer and theatre critic.
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British Deputy High Commissioner Mumbai, Director General Economic, Trade and Investment India & Trade Commissioner for South Asia
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
Managing Director, Trade
- 2014 to 2014
Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment
- 2013 to 2014