Robert Chatterton Dickson has been British High Commissioner in Dhaka since March 2019, responsible for representing the United Kingdom and leading across the British Government’s priorities in Bangladesh.
From September 2018 to January 2019 Robert was Additional Director Western Balkans Programme in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From August 2015 to August 2018 he served as a Director in the National Security Secretariat (NSS) in the Cabinet Office, heading the Secretariat team supporting the National Security Council (NSC) and the National Security Adviser. He was also responsible for coordination of policy on a range of international issues, and had lead responsibility in NSS for the cross-Government Conflict, Stability and Security Fund and Prosperity Fund.
Robert spent two years from 2013 to 2015 as Deputy Ambassador and Chargé d’Affaires at the British Embassy in Kabul during a period of political and military change in Afghanistan. From 2010 to 2013 he served as HM Consul General in Chicago, promoting UK economic, commercial and political interests across 13 states of the US Midwest. He was Head of the FCO Counter Terrorism Department from 2007 to 2010 and British Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia from 2004 to 2007.
Robert’s earlier FCO experience included serving in the British Embassies in Washington (as Press Officer then Private Secretary to the Ambassador) and Manila (as Political and Press Officer). He has also worked in the FCO in London on issues including Iraq, NATO, defence exports, UN Peacekeeping and nuclear arms control. Before joining the FCO in 1990 Robert worked as an analyst and UK and global portfolio manager for the asset management arm of Morgan Grenfell & Co, a merchant bank in the City of London.
Robert is married to Teresa Albor, an artist who was born in the US. He has a stepdaughter, a stepson and two daughters at university.