James Dauris is the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. James was previously Ambassador to Peru and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1995.
Before Peru, he served in Colombia as Deputy Head of Mission from 2005 to 2009; as Deputy Head and later Acting Head of South Asia Group in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London and as Deputy Head of the EU External Department from 2002 to 2003. He has also worked as Head of the Commercial Section in Moscow from 1998 to 2002 and as Head of Maritime Section, Aviation and Maritime Department in London from 1995 to 1997.
James has a degree in law from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified solicitor. 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