British Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Philip Parham


Philip Parham joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1993 after working for ten years as an investment banker with Morgan Grenfell and then Barclays de Zoete Wedd. He spent six of those ten years in Japan, and was a Director of Barclays de Zoete Wedd Limited before switching careers.

Ambassador Parham’s first FCO job was Head of Pakistan/Afghanistan Section from 1993 to 1994. In 1995 he was Private Secretary to the FCO Minister covering Americas, South and South-East Asia, Public Diplomacy, Consular & Visa work and (in the House of Commons) Africa and International Development. He served for a short period in the FCO Policy Planning Staff before serving in the British Embassy in Washington covering UN, Africa and Asia business from 1996 to 2000. At the start of the posting in Washington, he was seconded for 3 months to the US State Department’s East Asia & Pacific Bureau.

From 2000 to 2003, Ambassador Parham served in Riyadh, as Director Trade & Investment for Saudi Arabia. On return to London, he was Head of the Iraq Operations Unit 2003-2004, then Head of Counter-Terrorism Policy Department 2004-2006. He served as British High Commissioner to Tanzania 2006-2009.

Ambassador Parham was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates in July 2014. Previously he was the UK’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.

His wife Kasia is a teacher and writer. They met at Oxford University and now have 2 daughters and 5 sons.

British Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Permanent Representative, UK Mission to the UN, New York

    • 2009 to 2013


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  1. “Tackling impunity for violations of humanitarian law and human rights law must be central to protect civilians”

    • Speech
  2. "Terrorism continues to pose a grave threat to international peace and security"

    • Speech
  3. "UK continues to work towards reforming & improving the UNSC"

    • Speech
  4. A stable, secure and prosperous Afghanistan is in all our interests

    • Speech