British High Commissioner to Nigeria

Paul Thomas Arkwright


Paul is currently the British High Commissioner to Nigeria. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986. He has previously served in:

  • 2013 -2015 FCO, Director, Multilateral Policy
  • 2009 - 2013 British Ambassador to the Netherlands
  • 2006 - 2009 FCO, Head, Counter-Proliferation Department
  • 2001 - 2005 UK Delegation to NATO, Political Counsellor
  • 1998 - 2001 Paris, First Secretary Political
  • 1997 - 1998 Secondment to Quai d’Orsay, Paris, UN and International Organisations department
  • 1993 - 1997 UK Mission to the UN, First Secretary Political
  • 1991 - 1993 FCO, Non Proliferation and Defence Dept, Head of Conventional Arms Section
  • 1988 - 1991 British Military Govt Berlin (later British Embassy, Berlin), Second Secretary Political
  • 1987 - 1988 FCO, Desk Officer, Hong Kong Department

British High Commissioner to Nigeria

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

  1. British Ambassador to the Netherlands and UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

    • 2009 to 2013


  1. UK’s Transparency Agenda to renew citizens' trust in government: Speech by Paul Arkwright
  2. UK and Nigeria will continue to be long-term partners: speech by Paul Arkwright
  3. The UK-Nigeria relationship is one of strong partnership
  4. A decent education for Nigeria's young people is important
  5. Tackling corruption is a task for everyone
  6. Nigeria-UK relations to grow stronger in the next century
  7. Brexit: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities for Nigeria
  8. Together, we can build further our partnerships for prosperity
  9. The Commonwealth remains extremely relevant
  10. The UK - Nigeria relationship is fundamentally about people