Ian was appointed Her Majesty’s Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in March 2016.
Ian has been Deputy Consul General and Director of UK Trade & Investment in Dubai since November 2011. Previously he had spent over 4 years as Deputy Director of UKTI India - based in New Delhi – with operational responsibility for UKTI’s network of 86 staff (the third largest UKTI network in the world). Before his move to India Ian spent 4 years in London as Senior Private Secretary to successive Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Secretaries of State (Alistair Darling, Alan Johnson and Patricia Hewitt).
Ian returned to the UK in 2003 having been Director of Business Development with the MWW Group in New York (part of IPG) working in public relations. Prior to this he spent 4.5 years - also in New York - as head of Invest UK’s Regional Inward Investment Team (the British Government’s agency responsible for attracting inward investment from the United States to the UK).
Ian has previously headed policy teams in the UK designing and developing local and regional strategies and bespoke services for SMEs in the design, education, healthcare and environmental technology sectors.
Ian was awarded the MBE in 2001 for his role in New York following the terrorist attacks of September 11.
British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.