Director General, Consular and Security

Philip Barton CMG


Philip Barton is the Director General, Consular and Security at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He took up this role in April 2017.

Philip joined the FCO in 1986 and is a career diplomat. He has been posted overseas in Caracas, New Delhi, Gibraltar as Deputy Governor and Washington as Deputy Ambassador. He was British High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2014-2016.

Most recently, Philip has been Acting Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Before that, he was on secondment to the International Institute for Strategic Studies as a Consulting Senior Fellow focusing on South Asian issues.

Philip was Private Secretary to Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair. He has also worked in the Cabinet Office as Director General for the PM’s Anti-Corruption Summit and Director Foreign Policy and Afghanistan/Pakistan Co-ordinator supporting the National Security Council. He has previously worked in the FCO in London on international economic relations, the EU and South Asia.

Philip was born in 1963. He studied economics and politics at Warwick University and has a Masters degree in economics from the London School of Economics. He is married to Amanda and they have a daughter and a son.

Director General, Consular and Security

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCO by ensuring that the department meets the foreign policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers. The Director General, Consular and Security has the following areas of responsibility and regions:

  • national security
  • consular services
  • cyber
  • crisis
  • non-proliferation
  • defence, intelligence and international security
  • Eastern Europe including Russia, and Central Asia

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to Pakistan

    • 2014 to 2016
  2. Deputy Head of Mission to the USA

    • 2011 to 2013