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Tim Barrow
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Barrow presents his letter of credence to President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev at a ceremony on 7 December 2011
British Ambassador to Russia
Assumed office
1 November 2011
President Dmitry Medvedev
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Anne Pringle
British Ambassador to Ukraine
In office
President Viktor Yushchenko
Preceded by Robert Brinkley
Succeeded by Martin Harris
Personal details
Born (1964-02-15) 15 February 1964 (age 50)
Alma mater University of Warwick
University of Oxford

Timothy Earle Barrow CMG, LVO, MBE (born 15 February 1964) is a British diplomat and the current Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Russian Federation. He previously served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a representative to various bodies of the European Union, and as British Ambassador to Ukraine between 2006 and 2008.

Early life and career[edit]

Barrow was born on 15 February 1964 and was educated at Arnold Lodge School, a co-educational day independent school in the town of Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire,[1] followed by the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford.[2][3] He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1986 and served as a desk officer for the FCO on the Western European Department between 1987 and 1988. From 1988 to 1989 he under took Russian language training.[4] He took part in the British Days Exhibition in Kiev in 1989 and from 1990 until 1993 was the second secretary at the British Embassy in Moscow.[3][4][5] Between 1993 and 1994 he headed the Russia Section in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and between 1994 and 1996 was a Private Secretary to a Minister of State. Barrow became First Secretary of the UK's representatives to the European Union between 1996 and 1998, before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth office in 1998 as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary.[4][5]

Ambassadorships and EU work[edit]

Barrow served as Head of the Common Foreign and Security Department at the FCO between 2000 and 2003, and then as Assistant Director at EU External between 2003 and 2005. He was then Deputy Political Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2005 and 2006.[4][5] In 2006 he was appointed as HM Ambassador to Ukraine in 2006, taking up the post in July that year and holding it until 2008.[3][6][7] He then returned to Brussels as a representative to the Political and Security Committee and Britain's ambassador to the Western European Union. He held these posts until 2011, when he was appointed the UK's ambassador to the Russian Federation.[4][5] He succeeded Dame Anne Pringle, the first women ever to have held the post in the 450 years of its existence.[3] Barrow announced that he was

... very pleased to be returning to Russia. I have good memories of working in Moscow in the early '90s. I look forward to getting to know again this vast and dynamic country and to continuing the steady work of developing relations between our two countries.[3][8]

Barrow's appointment was announced on 2 August 2011, and he took up the post in November that year.[4] He is married to Alison, and has two sons and two daughters.[4] He was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1994 New Year Honours, a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1994 and a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2006 Birthday Honours.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Arnold Lodge School - Notable former pupils Publisher: Arnold Lodge School. Retrieved: 29 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Visit of Mr. Tim Barrow, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Great Britain to the Russian Federation". St Petersburg: National Mineral Resources University. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Tim Barrow Named British Ambassador to Russia". Moscow: The Moscow Times. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Russian Federation". Russia: Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Our Ambassador". Russia: British Embassy, Moscow. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Timothy Barrow appointed new British Ambassador to Ukraine". Ukraine: kmu.gov.ua. 22 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to Ukraine". Government News. 19 May 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Послом Великобритании в России назначен Тим Барроу" (in Russian). BBC Russia. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53527. p. 26. 31 December 1993. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53852. p. 16181. 18 November 1994. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  11. ^ "Queens Birthday Honours Departmental Lists". BBC. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

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