Toff was born and grew up in Blackburn (Lancashire) in 1975. Before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1997, he had been working for Blackburn Borough Council, HM Customs & Excise and Halifax Bank.
In September 2015, he became the British Deputy High Commissioner to Cameroon (based in Yaoundé) with responsibilities covering Cameroon, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Toff is a career diplomat whose time has been spent dealing with the full range of UK Government objectives. In his previous overseas postings, he has led on crisis management and managed a range of portfolios covering aviation security, counter terrorism, migration, consular and visa management. His last job was as Private Secretary to the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Chief Executive where he worked with senior stakeholders to ensure success for UK based businesses in international markets and also with inward investors.
He had been the Chair for the FCO’s Minority Ethnic Action Group (1998) and continues to take a leading role in the FCO’s Diversity agenda to the present date. He is able to speak many languages which include French, Gujarati, Hindi, Kutchi, Memon and Urdu. He also has basic understanding of Arabic, Bangla and Yoruba.
Toff is married and has 3 sons. His sporting interests are football, snooker and boxing. Other interests include reading, travelling and listening to music. Toff is a passionate supporter of Liverpool Football Club. He has been involved in supporting Young Enterprise as an Alumni member during his time with UKTI.
British Deputy High Commissioner, Yaoundé
The Deputy High Commissioner in Yaoundé supports the High Commissioner in leading the mission and, when the High Commissioner is out of country, is responsible, as Acting High Commissioner, for representing UK interests. The Deputy High Commissioner is responsible for the daily management of the High Commission and has oversight of commercial, consular, corporate services, political and visa matters.