Activities: 2004: Bio: Bates

February 26, 2004

Ambassador Michael Bates, OBE
Her Majesty's Consul General, Atlanta

Michael Charles Bates was appointed Her Majesty’s Consul General in Atlanta in June 2001. Mr. Bates was previously the British Deputy High Commissioner in Mumbai, India, since 1996.

Apart from a spell as Assistant Press Secretary to Prime Minister Thatcher (1987-89), Mr. Bates has spent his whole career in the British Diplomatic Service. He entered the Foreign Service as it then was in 1966. Since then he has served in New Delhi (1971-74), Moscow (1974-77), Singapore (1979-83), Brussels (1983-87), Riga (1991-93) and Bratislava, where he was Charge d’Affaires and later Ambassador (1993 –95). Mr. Bates was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his services to the Diplomatic Service in 1994.

In addition to his overseas assignments, Mr. Bates has also worked in various capacities at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. His two most recent positions there were as Head of the Parliamentary Relations Unit (1990-91) and as Deputy Head of News Department and Head of The Newsroom (1995-96).

Mr. Bates is married. His wife, Janice, originally comes from Malaysia. They have one daughter and one son.

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