New British envoy in town

Bruce Bucknell has taken over as British deputy high commissioner in Calcutta.

By A staff reporter
  • Published 10.09.16
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Bruce Bucknell

Bruce Bucknell has taken over as British deputy high commissioner in Calcutta.

"I am delighted to have arrived in Calcutta. With my team, I cover 13 Indian states and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. I relish the challenge of working to further the vibrant people-to-people links and deep business connections with eastern India. This is a fascinating part of India, and very diverse in culture, heritage, language, and geography. I expect to be busy," Bucknell said.

Apart from Bengal, the 12 states where Bucknell represents the UK are Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Before taking up his assignment in Calcutta, Bucknell was ambassador to the Republic of Belarus from 2012-16.

He has also served as deputy head of security in the estates and security directorate of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2009-2011) and deputy head of the Joint FCO and Department for International Development's Sudan Unit (2007-09).

He has served as first secretary in the British embassy in Madrid from 2003-07. His previous postings included Milan (1995-99) and Amman (1988-91).

Bucknell studied modern history at Durham University. He is married to Henrietta Dorrington-Ward. The couple have two sons.