Paul Brummell

Paul Brummell
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British Ambassador to Latvia
Assumed office
July 2021
MonarchsElizabeth II
Charles III
Prime MinisterBoris Johnson
Liz Truss
Rishi Sunak
Preceded byKeith Shannon
British Ambassador to Romania
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Theresa May
Preceded byMartin Harris
Succeeded byAndrew Noble
British High Commissioner to Barbados and other Caribbean countries
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byDuncan Taylor
Succeeded byVictoria Dean
British Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Gordon Brown
Preceded byJames Lyall Sharp
Succeeded byDavid Moran
British Ambassador to Turkmenistan
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byFraser Wilson
Succeeded byPeter Butcher
Personal details
Born (1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 57)
EducationSt Albans School
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge
OccupationDiplomat, travel writer

Paul Brummell CMG (born 28 August 1965) is a British diplomat and travel writer.

Early life

Brummell was educated at St Albans School before reading geography at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987.


After stints in Pakistan, Italy, and in Whitehall, Brummell received his first posting as head of a diplomatic mission in 2002, as Ambassador to Turkmenistan. In 2005, he made the relatively short move to head the embassy in Kazakhstan, a position that also includes being non-resident ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.[1] That same year his name was among a list of individuals claimed to be serving members of the Secret Intelligence Service that appeared on the US website Cryptome.[2]

In 2008 he invited the US ambassador, Tatiana Gfoeller, to a meeting with the Duke of York and British businessmen; her report to Washington, leaked by WikiLeaks and reported by British and international media, mentioned indiscreet remarks by the Duke.[3][4]

In 2009 Brummell was transferred to Bridgetown, Barbados, where he served as High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines) until 2013, and was also UK representative to CARICOM and the OECS.[5]

Following this, Brummell served as Ambassador to Romania from 2014 to 2018.[6]

He currently holds the position of Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department within the Communication Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[7]

Brummell was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to foreign policy.[8]

In July 2021 he succeeded Keith Shannon as Ambassador to Latvia.[9][6]


  • Turkmenistan, Bradt Travel Guides, 2005. ISBN 978-1-84162-144-9
  • Kazakhstan, Bradt Travel Guides, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84162-369-6


  • BRUMMELL, Paul, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014
  1. ^ President of Kazakhstan to participate in summit of Turkic states in Antalya GAZETA.KZ
  2. ^ "List of MI6 Officers Worldwide (Asia, Africa, Australia)". Cryptome. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  3. ^ US embassy cables: Prince Andrew rails against France, the SFO and the Guardian, The Guardian, 29 November 2010
  4. ^ WikiLeaks: 'Rude' British royal was blunt in session with U.S. official, CNN
  5. ^ "New British High Commissioner appointed for Eastern Caribbean". Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009. Paul Brummell will be based in Barbados and will also serve the other islands in the Eastern Caribbean. [...] He will serve as Non-Resident British High Commissioner to Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Brummel will succeed Duncan Taylor CBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.
  6. ^ a b "Paul Brummell - GOV.UK". Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Paul Brummell | Foreign Office Blogs". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  8. ^ "No. 61608". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2016. p. B3.
  9. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Latvia: Paul Brummell" (Press release). GOV.UK. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2021.

External links

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by British Ambassador to Turkmenistan
Succeeded by
Preceded by British Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan
Succeeded by
Preceded by British High Commissioner to Barbados and other Caribbean countries
Succeeded by
Victoria Dean
Preceded by
Martin Harris
British Ambassador to Romania
Succeeded by
Preceded by British Ambassador to Latvia
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