Director, Asia Pacific

Stephen Lillie


Stephen was appointed Director, Asia Pacific in July 2013.

He previously served as British Ambassador to the Philippines (2009-13), Head of the FCO Far Eastern Department (2006-2009), Director of Trade and Investment at the British High Commission New Delhi (2003-2006) and British Consul-General at Guangzhou, China (1999-2003).

He has also previously served in the European Union and Middle East Departments of the FCO and at the British Embassy Beijing. Stephen is a Chinese speaker, having studied the language in Hong Kong and London. He has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University.

Director, Asia Pacific

The Director leads on the formulation of UK policy towards the countries of East Asia and the South Pacific, including China, Japan and other emerging markets. They provide policy advice to the Foreign Secretary on the region and oversee the operation of the FCO’s embassies and high commissions there.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to the Philippines

    • 2009 to 2013


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