John Tucknott CMG MBE


John Anthony Tucknott is British Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi and UK Trade and Investment Director for Pakistan since May 2013.

John holds a MA (Hons) in International Studies from King’s College London. His specializations have been in the Middle East and Politico-Military issues, specializing in NBC non-proliferation and disarmament. As a senior British Diplomat, John has a wide-range of experience and knowledge in international affairs, including trade and investment promotion. John joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1977.

May 2013 Present - Deputy High Commissioner, Karachi and Director Trade and Investment, Pakistan
August 2010 – March 2013 HM Ambassador to Nepal
December 2009 - February 2010 Director, Global Investment Conference – London 2010
2007 -2009 Deputy Head of Mission in Baghdad
2005 – 2007 Senior Directing Staff (Civilian) at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London)
2002 - 2005 Director, Trade and Investment Development and Deputy Head of Mission in Stockholm
2000 – 2001 UK Coordinator for War Crimes Issues, FCO
1998 – 2000 Deputy Head, Non-Proliferation Department, FCO
1995 – 1998 First Secretary at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York
1993-1995 Head of Section, Security Policy Department, FCO
1987 – 1988 Desk Officer, West African Department
1986 – 1987 Assistant Desk Officer, North American Department, FCO
1982 – 1985 Assistant Management Officer, Cairo
1980 – 1982 Archivist, Rome
1978 – 1980 Clerical Officer, Office of the Lord Privy Seal, FCO
1977 – 1978 Clerical Officer, Communications Operations Department, FCO

John is married to Riitta-Leena Tucknott with whom he has a son.

Previous roles in government

  • British Deputy High Commissioner Karachi
  • British Ambassador to Nepal