Paul Whiteway heads the London office of the non-profit diplomatic advisory group, Independent Diplomat. After leaving university Paul joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1977 and served in Europe, the South Atlantic, Africa, the Middle East and South America, as well as various policy departments in the FCO. He specialized in political work, including conflict resolution and peace-building, and trade and investment promotion. A secondment to the Ministry of Defence gave him first-hand experience of defence issues. He joined Invest•UK in 2003 as Director International, later becoming Director International Sales at UK Trade & Investment. On leaving the FCO in 2008 he worked as an independent consultant on foreign direct investment promotion before joining Independent Diplomat in 2010.