Steven Chandler


The Acting British High Commissioner Steven Chandler arrived in Fiji on 16 January 2013. Born in 1968, Steven joined the Diplomatic Service in 1987. He was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Bangkok before coming to Fiji.

Previous positions include:

2011 Warsaw, Deputy Head of Mission and Consul-General

2010 FCO, Head, Global Response Centre, Consular Directorate

2007 – 2010 FCO, Deputy Head, Crisis Group, Consular Directorate

2004 – 2006 FCO, Head of Functional Team and Deputy European Correspondent, Common Foreign and Security Group, EU Directorate

2005 – 2005 Phuket, Head of Consular Team, British Embassy Office (Tsunami team)

2003 – 2004 FCO, Deputy Programme Manager, Global Opportunities Fund (Engaging with the Islamic World)

2002 – 2003 Portugal, Unpaid Leave (to study and work)

1999 – 2002 FCO, Assistant Private Secretary to Baroness Scotland (later Baroness Amos), Minister of State

1998 – 1999 FCO, Desk Officer, Post Holocaust Issues, EU Directorate (Bilateral)

1997 – 1998 Sarajevo, Third Secretary (Political)

1995 – 1997 FCO, Desk Officer, Joint Assistance Department (Central Europe)

1995 – 1995 Istanbul, Entry Clearance Officer

1992 – 1995 Dhaka, Vice Consul

1989 – 1991 Berlin, Attaché, British Military Government (later British Embassy Office)

1988 – 1989 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Parliamentary Relations Unit

1987 – 1988 FCO, Assistant Desk Officer, Southern Africa Department

He is also non-resident acting High Commissioner to Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Previous roles in government

  1. British High Commissioner to Fiji


  1. Acting High Commissioner's speech at the handover of equipment from PhysioNet UK
  2. Acting British High Commissioner Steven Chandler's remarks at the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable
  3. Acting High Commissioner's speech at the Queen's Birthday Party
  4. Acting British High Commissioner Steven Chandler's remarks at the completion of a UK funded project in Ba
  5. Speech by the Acting High Commissioner: Engaging youth in child protection and women’s empowerment to end violence against women and girls