Career diplomat Philip Barton has been appointed as the High Commissioner to India by the British government. He will succeed Dominic Asquith. The appointment will be effective from Spring 2020. Philip Barton: Philip Barton is a career diplomat. He studied economics and politics at Warwick University. He holds a Masters degree in economics from the London School of Economics. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986. He served as the British High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2014 to 2016. Recently, he has served as the Acting Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. He was the Director-General, Consular and Security at FCO from April 2017 to January 2020.