Crispin Simon was appointed British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India and Director General of the Department for International Trade, India and South Asia in November 2017.
He was appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia in February 2018.
Crispin has extensive leadership and commercial experience across both the private and public sectors.
He 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 2 NHS organisations: Trust Development Authority and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
He has also worked for:
- NM Rothschild
- Smith and Nephew
Crispin was 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.
Crispin 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
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.
HM Trade Commissioner for South Asia
The HM Trade Commissioner for South Asia cooperates closely with the wider diplomatic network and other colleagues to coordinate the government effort overseas to promote UK trade and prosperity. The Trade Commissioner has full responsibility for all Department for International Trade (DIT) work in South Asia 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
Previous roles in government
Managing Director, Trade
- 2014 to 2014
Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment
- 2013 to 2014