British Deputy High Commissioner New Delhi

Jan Thompson OBE


Jan was appointed Deputy High Commissioner to India in August 2018. She served as British Ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2013-2017 and then, temporarily, as Deputy High Commissioner to Canada prior to her arrival in New Delhi. Previous postings have included Germany (1992-1994) and the UN Security Council in New York (1997-2000). Jan also led work on the Balkan wars (1994-1997) and headed the UK department on Afghanistan (2002-2005). After the Asian tsunami she flew to Thailand to establish a temporary British office to help the victims. From 2007-2010 she served as the UK’s Lead Climate Change Negotiator before moving on to head the UK department in the Libya conflict.

Jan joined the FCO in 1990 after two years spent working for the BBC. She is single, likes mountaineering (she has climbed Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp), and is a semi-professional actress with a particular passion for Shakespeare. She speaks French, German and Czech, and is now embarking on Hindi.

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British Deputy High Commissioner New Delhi

The Deputy High Commissioner is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the High Commissioner. The Deputy High Commissioner is responsible for the daily management of an overseas High Commission and will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the High Commissioner as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Ottawa

    • 2018 to 2018
  2. British Ambassador to the Czech Republic

    • 2013 to 2017