Robert Brinkley

Chairman, Steering Committee, Ukraine Forum, Russia and Eurasia Programme


Robert Brinkley is a senator of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) and chairman of the steering committee of the Ukrainian Institute in London, which is affiliated to UCU. He is chairman of The BEARR Trust, a British charity which supports small health and social welfare groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is a trustee of the Keston Institute, which studies religion in communist and former communist countries. He offers consultancy advice to businesses and comments in the media.

He was a British diplomat for 34 years. He served as high commissioner to Pakistan (2006–09), ambassador to Ukraine (2002-06) and as head of the UK’s worldwide visa operation (2000–02). He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. In 2010–11 he was seconded to Associated British Foods plc.

Past experience

2006-09British High Commissioner to Pakistan
2002-06British Ambassador to Ukraine
2000-02Head of Joint Entry Clearance Unit (later called UK Visas)