Alison Blake, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh presented her credentials to His Excellency the President of Bangladesh on 19 January 2016. She is the UK’s first female High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
Ms Alison entered the British Civil Service in 1989, and has since served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence, including as Assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence. She has served in a number of diplomatic postings at home and overseas. Her previous overseas posting was as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad, and she had previously served in the British Embassy in Washington DC and the UK Delegation to NATO in Brussels.
She is a native Londoner, with a keen interest in Ancient and Modern History, which she studied at Oxford University. She worked as an archaeologist in London, and also worked for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and for an economic policy research think tank before entering the British Civil Service.