Tim Flear to lead consulate staff
Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has announced that as of 5 December 2014 Tim Flear has been appointed the new British consul-general to Milan.
The UK consul-general is also always the lead diplomat for trade matters in Italy, with the title of director of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Italy. Flear succeeds Vic Annells in the post.
Since 2011 Flear has worked in UKTI’s London headquarters. His previous job was that of promoting the UK’s creative industries sector, in particular from an inward investment perspective. Formerly, he held geographical responsibilities in UKTI, at one stage being deputy director in charge of developed markets, including Italy – which he visited on trade business.
Flear has had diplomatic postings in Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul, where he headed the embassy’s inward investment operation and science and technology activities. His last overseas posting was as Her Majesty’s consul-general in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from 2006-10, in a predominately trade and investment-related role.
At other points in his career Flear has been a deputy director for policy and communications in the FCO’s consular directorate and - relevant to Milan and 2015 - the FCO’s Expo lead and British representative to the Paris-based International Bureau of Expositions.
A Portuguese speaker, Flear has taken Italian language classes ahead of his arrival in Milan. He was made a member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by Her Majesty The Queen in 1989 during a state visit to Malaysia.