Howard Drake was appointed British High Commissioner to Canada in June 2013. Prior to taking up his current position, Howard served as Her Majesty’s British High Commissioner to Jamaica as well as non-resident British High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. From 2005 to 2009 Howard served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Chile. His career in HM Diplomatic Service has focussed on political and commercial work, including heading the UK`s inward investment operation in the US from 1997 to 2002 and earlier political assignments in Singapore and Chile. In London Howard has worked on European Union affairs and counter-proliferation, and served as Assistant Director for Human Resources. Howard is married to Gill. They have a daughter and a son.
British High Commissioner to Canada
The High Commissioner is the UK government’s representative in a Commonwealth nation. They are responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions and/or Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
British High Commissioner to Jamaica
- 2010 to 2013