Paul Madden

Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

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9th February 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Australia

This is my final blog from Australia. My 205th. I hope someone’s been reading them. It has been one of the greatest privileges and pleasures of my life to represent Britain in Australia as the Pom HC. There is no country to which we feel closer. It has been a fantastic time to be here. […]

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8th February 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Canberra

Well, finally, it’s time to say farewell to Canberra. Our home for the last four years. It’s not the first time we’ve lived in a planned, administrative capital, but Washington was different, and older. While we were here, Canberra celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013, with many events and exhibitions. It was a reminder of […]

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5th February 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Brisbane

Our final trip to Brisbane, that dynamic city of glittering skyscrapers in the hot and sometimes humid tropical state of Queensland, which always sees itself as just a bit different from the rest of Australia. It was one of the first places I visited when I arrived in January 2011, as Kevin Rudd brought William […]

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4th February 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Sydney

I can hardly believe I’m saying farewell to Sydney at the end of our posting here. It has been our second home during our time in Australia. I’ve probably been in Sydney nearly once a week for the last four years, and often come up for the weekend. I feel I’ve got to know very […]

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3rd February 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Australia UK Ministerial meeting (AUKMIN) in Sydney

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have just been in Sydney for the 7th annual AUKMIN talks with their opposite numbers Julie Bishop and Kevin Andrews on 2 February. This is a big event, with participants also including the Chiefs of Defence and senior officials from each country. PM Tony Abbott hosted […]

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27th January 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Adelaide

Adelaide is the largest city in Australia that we don’t have a British Consulate in. It’s a significant population centre and an important economic hub, with some prominent national politicians. It has also produced my last two opposite numbers as Australian High Commissioner in London – former Premier Mike Rann, and former Foreign Minister Alexander […]

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23rd January 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Perth

Paul Sarah Kerry crop

My final visit to Perth. It’s actually the Australian city I knew best before I moved here, as it’s just a short hop from my previous post in Singapore (closer than Canberra, 2000 miles and 3 time zones away), and because my Aunt – a “ten pound Pom” – had settled here. I’ve usually got […]

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21st January 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

Farewell to Melbourne

HE Paul Madden with Consul General Gareth Hoar at Government House, Melbourne.

I’m currently paying my farewell visits to major Australian cities before I depart at the end of my posting in February. Today I’m in Melbourne. It’s a city I must have visited around thirty times in the course of my four year posting. That reflects its importance within Australia. With the second largest population it’s […]

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19th January 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

The FCO’s Australia network: leaner and fitter

When I leave Australia in a few weeks time, I will be leaving a network of five posts (High Commission, two Consulates General and two Consulates) with nearly a third fewer staff than we had when I arrived four years ago. Almost all of the affected positions were “back office” rather than customer facing or […]

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13th January 2015 London, England

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

Additional Director Asia Pacific

My first play… on a Sydney stage

I was in Sydney this weekend to watch a short play I’d written being performed at the New Theatre in Newtown. It was my first play, so I was quite excited. It was part of the “Short and Sweet” festival, which originated in Sydney but now operates in other Australian cities, and a few other […]

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About Paul Madden

Paul Madden is currently Additional Director Asia Pacific at the FCO in London, with special responsibility for the Chinese President's State visit. He was British High Commissioner to Australia until February 2015. Prior to this he was British High Commissioner in Singapore from 2007-2011. A career diplomat, he was previously Managing Director at UK Trade and Investment (2004-2006), responsible for co-ordinating and
implementing international trade development strategies to support
companies across a wide range of business sectors.
As Assistant Director of Information at the Foreign and Commonwealth
Office (2003-2004) he was responsible for public diplomacy policy,
including managing the FCO funding of the BBC World Service, the British
Council and the Chevening Scholarships programme. He led the team
responsible for the award-winning UK pavilion at the Aichi Expo in Japan
2005.
He was Deputy High Commissioner in Singapore from 2000-2003 and has
also served in Washington (1996-2000) and Tokyo (1988-92). Between
1992-96 he worked on EU enlargement and Environmental issues at the FCO
in London.
Before joining FCO he worked at the Department of Trade and Industry
(1980-87) on a range of industrial sectors and trade policy, including
two years as a minister’s Private Secretary.
He has an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University, an MBA
from Durham University, studied Japanese at London University’s School
of Oriental and African Studies, and is a Fellow of the Royal
Geographical Society. His first book, Raffles: Lessons in Business
Leadership, was published in 2003.
Married to Sarah, with three children, he was born in 1959, in Devon.

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