Director General, Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Thomas Drew CMG


Thomas Drew CMG is the Director General, Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. He is also responsible for defence, intelligence, consular, crisis management and humanitarian issues globally in the FCDO. Previously he was the Director General, Consular and Security at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from January 2020.

Tom was previously the British High Commissioner to Pakistan from February 2016 until October 2019. Before his posting to Islamabad, Tom was Principal Private Secretary (Chief of Staff) to Foreign Secretaries William Hague and Philip Hammond. He served previously as the Foreign Office’s National Security Director (2011 to 2012), responsible for international counter-terrorism, cyber, drugs and crime, and intelligence issues; and before that as Director in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism in the Home Office (2008 to 2011).

Tom worked as Political Counsellor in the British High Commission in Pakistan from 2006 to 2008. Earlier in his career, he served in London in a variety of Europe-related jobs, including as head of the FCO’s EU Enlargement and South East Group from 2004 to 2006, and of the London team that oversaw negotiations for the draft EU Constitution at the 2004 Inter-Governmental Conference. His first overseas posting was to Moscow from 1998 to 2002, where he headed the British Embassy’s economic team.

Tom joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1995. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 2015.

Tom started his career with McKinsey and Company, the management consultants. In 2015, he was a Visiting Fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute.

He is married to Joanna, a fellow diplomat and British Ambassador-designate to The Netherlands.

Director General, Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Board members give corporate leadership to the FCDO by ensuring that the department meets the international policy priorities, Public Service Agreements targets and service delivery targets set by ministers.

The Director General is responsible for the delivery of UK policy for Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Director General is also responsible for:

  • defence, intelligence and national security
  • consular services
  • crisis management
  • humanitarian
  • migration

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Consular and Security
  • British High Commissioner to Pakistan