British High Commissioner to Pakistan

Thomas Drew CMG

Thomas Drew  CMG



Thomas Drew CMG took up his appointment as High Commissioner to Pakistan in February 2016.

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 has been posted to Pakistan before, working as Political Counsellor in the British High Commission 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 a Director in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

British High Commissioner to Pakistan

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.