British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea

Keith Scott


Keith Scott has been British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea since 20 September 2018.

Prior to this appointment his UK role was as Deputy Migration Envoy (2016-18) and also worked in Finance Directorate and dealt with North Africa (2002-04), Bosnia/Albania/Macedonia (1995-98), Transcaucasus/Central Asia (1993-94) and EU/Maastricht Treaty (1991-93).

Keith has previously served overseas in Zimbabwe (2007-12), Afghanistan (2002, 2005-07), Iraq (2004-05), Nigeria (1994-95); temporary duties in Liberia (2015), Malawi (2011) and Albania (1997).

He was seconded to UK Trade and Investment as Regional Manager for West and Central Africa (1999-2002) and to the UN Secretary-General’s Office (1998).


Full name: Keith Scott

Married to: Carly Scott

Children: Two

2016 to present FCO, Deputy Migration Envoy, Mediterranean Migration Unit, Economic Diplomacy Directorate
2012 to 2015 FCO, Head, Network Development, Finance Directorate
2007 to 2012 Harare, Head, Political and Communications Section
2005 to 2007 Kabul, First Secretary (Political)
2004 to 2005 Baghdad, First Secretary (Energy)
2002 to 2004 FCO, Head, North Africa and Maghreb Team, Near East and North Africa Department
2002 Kabul, Temporary Duty as First Secretary (Political)
1999 to 2002 Department of Trade and Industry, Regional Manager for West and Central Africa, Trade Partners UK
1998 to 1999 Attachments in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary General, New York
1998 FCO, Head of Section for Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia, Albania and Macedonia, Eastern Adriatic Department
1995 to 1998 FCO, Desk Officer for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Eastern Adriatic Department
1994 to 1995 Abuja, Second Secretary (Political)
1993 to 1994 FCO, Desk Officer, Transcaucasus/Central Asia Section, Eastern Department
1991 to 1993 FCO, Desk Officer, Political Union/Institutional Reform, European Community Department (Internal)

British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea

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.

Foreign & Commonwealth Office


  1. Queen's birthday celebration 2019 in Papua New Guinea: speech by Keith Scott