Paul Bute took up his appointment as Head of Consular Strategy and Network at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in August 2016. Paul is a career diplomatic service officer. He joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1994 and worked on Africa issues before his first posting to India. Paul learned Hindi in Varanasi ahead of taking up his appointment as a political officer in New Delhi. He returned to London in 1998 and worked on counter-terrorism issues, and then in the Directorate for Strategy & Innovation. Paul was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Kathmandu from 2005 until 2008, when he became the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s first Head of Digital Diplomacy. Paul studied Thai in London, Chiang Mai and Bangkok throughout 2012 before his appointment as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Thailand. Paul was Charge d’Affaires in Bangkok from April 2016 until his departure in July. Paul studied history at Bristol University and has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Imperial College London. He is married with 3 children.
Previous roles in government
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bangkok
- 2012 to 2016