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Peter Hayes (diplomat)

Peter Hayes

Dr. Peter Richard Hayes (born 11 April 1963) is a British diplomat and the current Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory.[1][2]

He was educated at the University of Surrey (BSc, Physics) and King's College London (PhD, 1989).

Originally trained as a physicist, in 1990 Hayes joined the British Civil Service in the National Physical Laboratory, later working in the Department of Trade and Industry, the Cabinet Office, the Office of Science and Technology, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He worked for the British Embassy to the United States as a Counsellor for 2001-2005.[2]

In 2005 Hayes was appointed Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary, serving under Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and David Miliband until 2007. From 2008 until 2010 Hayes was the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, and concurrently the non-resident High Commissioner to the Maldives. He then went on secondment to the London Stock Exchange as their Head of Public Affairs.[2] In 2012 he became Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory.[1]


  1. ^ a b "British Indian Ocean Territory". Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ a b c A & C Black (2012). "HAYES, Dr Peter Richard". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

Offices held

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Colin Roberts
Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory and the British Antarctic Territory
Preceded by
Sir Geoffrey Adams
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Matthew Gould
Preceded by
Dominick Chilcott
British High Commissioner
to Sri Lanka

Succeeded by
John Rankin
British High Commissioner
to the Maldives


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