British High Commissioner to Singapore

Scott Wightman


Scott arrived at the British High Commission, Singapore in May 2015 as British High Commissioner.

He began his career in the Diplomatic Service in 1983 and has worked in the British Embassies in Beijing, Paris, Rome and, most recently, in the Republic of Korea, where he was the UK ambassador. Scott’s ties with Asia continued during his tenure as Director for the Asia Pacific region in the FCO from 2008 to 2010.Scott is from Edinburgh in Scotland and has a degree in French from the University of Edinburgh. He is married to Anne and they have two daughters.


Full name: Andrew Norman Scott Wightman CMG
May 2015 – present Singapore, British High Commissioner
2011 – Jan 2015 Seoul, Her Majesty’s Ambassador
2008 – 2010 FCO, Director, Asia Pacific
2006 – 2008 FCO, Director, Global and Economic Issues
2002 – 2006 British Embassy, Rome, Deputy Head of Mission
1998 – 2001 FCO, Assistant Director, Personnel Policy
1995 – 1998 British Embassy, Paris, First Secretary, External
1994 – 1995 On secondment at French Foreign Ministry
1991 – 1993 FCO, Resource and Finance Department
1989 – 1991 Cabinet Office, Assessment Staff
1986 – 1989 British Embassy, Beijing, Second Secretary, Commercial
1984 – 1986 Chinese language training
1983 Joined FCO

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British High Commissioner to Singapore

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 Republic of Korea

    • 2011 to 2015


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