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Antony Phillipson

British Consul General in New York and Director General International Trade North America

Antony Phillipson was appointed British Consul General in New York and Director General International Trade North America in November 2017.

As Consul General, Antony leads the Government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. As Director General International Trade North America, Antony leads trade and investment promotion and trade policy for the UK across the United States and Canada.

Antony took up his role as Consul General at an important time, with the total UK-US trade in goods and services worth more than $200 billion annually and supporting more than a million jobs on each side of the Atlantic. The US and UK are each other’s largest foreign direct investors and trading partners.

Antony has an extensive background in trade promotion and policy, and brings unique experience and international insight to the role leading the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in North America. Most recently, Antony was Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union. As a member of the senior leadership team he was at the heart of policy making on Brexit as well as having a specific focus on implications for our trade arrangements with the EU and third countries. Antony has held many high-ranking posts in Her Majesty’s Government since joining the civil service in 1993. His previous positions include:

  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
  • Global Issues Counselor at the Embassy in Washington
  • Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs
  • Head of the FCO Iran Coordination Group
  • High Commissioner to Singapore

Antony has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He is married to Julie and they have three sons. In his spare time, Antony enjoys watching almost any sports, theatre and the arts.

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