James Dauris is the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and British Ambassador to Maldives, appointments he took up in April 2015.
James joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1995 and served as Ambassador to the Republic of Peru between 2010 and 2014. He has also worked as Deputy Head of Mission in Colombia (2005 to 2009) and in the British Embassy in Moscow (1998 to 2002). He has had various roles at the Foreign Office in London covering European Union, South Asian and maritime policy.
James has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge and worked as a solicitor in the City of London before joining the Foreign Office. He has a long-standing affection for South Asia and first visited Sri Lanka in 1984 while teaching English in India. He is married to Helen Dauris and they have three daughters.
British Ambassador to Maldives
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
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 Ambassador to Peru
- 2010 to 2014
- Celebrating 70 years of UK-Sri Lanka friendship: Speech by H.E. James Dauris
- H.E. James Dauris addresses Sri Lanka Institute of Directors at the Annual General Meeting
- A revitalised and relevant Commonwealth: article by High Commissioner James Dauris
- New Year Message from British Ambassador to Maldives James Dauris
- Christmas and New Year Message from British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris
- Effective conservation is everyone's responsibility: Article by High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
- Speech by High Commissioner at the CIM Annual Conference 2017