Project Brexit

Antony Phillipson


Director of Trade and Partnerships, Department for Exiting the EU

Having started his career in 1993 in the Department of Trade and Industry where his posts included Private Secretary and Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State, Antony Phillipson has experience in an array of policy issues and in diplomacy.

Phillipson served as a Global Issues Counsellor in the Washington Embassy, and was the Prime Minister’s Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 2004-2007. Afterwards he was Head of the Iran Co-Ordination Group in the Foreign Commonwealth Office. Phillipson held the position of High Commissioner of Singapore from April 2011 to April 2015, serving as a senior UK diplomat overseas before returning to London as the EU External Director in the Global Issues Secretariat Cabinet Office.

In his current role as Director of Trade and Partnerships in the Department for Exiting the European Union, Phillipson will be a key player in deciding what kind of trade deals Brexit creates. His time as a diplomat will be an invaluable asset in the Department as will his wide knowledge of global issues and international relations.

Phillipson was awarded a BA in History from Oxford College. A supporter of the arts, he was a patron of the British Theatre Playhouse in Singapore during his time as a senior diplomat.

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