David Lelliott became the first British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh in May 2013.
David is a career diplomat with over twenty years of experience. He has previously worked in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Europe, as well as two spells in London.
He has handled a wide range of portfolios, notably on conflict prevention and resolution, having served in Liberia from 2003-2006, immediately after the civil war there, and in Southern Sudan from 2008-09, with a spell in between as Conflict Prevention Team Leader at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
He has also worked on trade promotion in Mexico from 2000-2003. Other appointments have focussed on political, governance and media work.
His most recent appointment before moving to India was as Assistant Deputy Governor of Gibraltar, a UK Overseas Territory, where he acted as the Governor’s spokesperson and dealt with a range of policy, governance, security and defence issues.
In 2006, following his return from Liberia, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
He is accompanied in Chandigarh by his wife and their two children.
British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh
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.