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Sir Tom Phillips

Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery

Sir Tom Phillips is a former senior British diplomat who was Commandant of the Royal College of Defence Studies (the Ministry of Defence’s premier institution for the study of strategy-making and implementation and international affairs) from 2014-18.

In his career as a British diplomat, Sir Tom’s postings including serving as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2010-12), as Ambassador to Israel (2006-10), and as High Commissioner to Uganda (2000-02). He has also worked as International Adviser to the Prince’s Charities’ International Sustainability Unit, and as adviser to the business intelligence company GPW Ltd.

Sir Tom is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge; an Honorary Fellow and member of Advisory Board of Changing Character of War Programme, Oxford University; and a Member of the Council of Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund.

Tom’s publications include several articles on the Middle East.