H.E. Mr Bede Corry took up his role as the High Commissioner for New Zealand in April 2020.

Announcing his appointment, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters observed
“The appointment of a senior diplomat to this role underlines the significance New Zealand places on working with the United Kingdom to shape our future relationship post-Brexit and Mr Corry is well qualified to lead this work."
Prior to his London role, Bede has been the Deputy Chief Executive of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and earlier, MFAT’s Deputy Secretary Australia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa Group.

From 2012 to 2014 he served as Deputy Secretary for Policy and Planning in Ministry of Defence.


Before his appointment to the Ministry of Defence he held a number of senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Ambassador to Thailand, Director of the Australia Division, Director of the Chief Executive’s Office, Counsellor at the Embassy in Washington, and Private Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Bede Corry is a graduate of Victoria University.