Change of British High Commissioner to Brunei August 2020

Mr John Virgoe has been appointed High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam in succession to Mr Richard Lindsay who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Virgoe will take up his appointment during August 2020.


Full name: John Leonard Pencavel Virgoe

Married to: Mrs Tuti Suwidjiningsih

Children: Two

2017 to presentFCO, Head, South-East Asia Department
2015 to 2017Cabinet Office, Head, Joint Anti-Corruption Unit
2015FCO, Deputy Director – Spending Review, Finance Directorate
2013 to 2015FCO, Joint Head, Policy Unit
2009 to 2013Canberra, First Secretary – Economic and Climate Change
2007 to 2009International Crisis Group, Director – South-East Asia (on leave from FCO)
2006 to 2007Studies at Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University, New Jersey
2002 to 2006Nairobi, Deputy Permanent Representative to United Nations Environment Programme and UN-Habitat
1999 to 2002FCO, Head of Crisis Management Section, Counter-Terrorism Policy Department; subsequently Head of China Section, China Hong Kong Department
1995 to 1999Jakarta, Second Secretary – Political
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