Anthony’s career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which focussed largely on the Arab World, culminated in his appointment as British Ambassador to the UAE in 1994. Other postings included the Foreign Office Arabic Language School in Lebanon, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, the UN in Geneva, and Egypt. In the mid-1980's he was seconded to the Ministry of Defence, where he was heavily involved in the negotiations for the Al-Yamamah Saudi Air Defence contract. He was Chargé D’Affaires in the British Embassy in Cairo during the First Gulf War in 1990. In 1993 he was seconded to the British Cabinet Office to conduct a scrutiny of the Foreign Office's overseas security systems. Before moving to Dubai he was for two years a Director of Corporate Finance with Robert Fleming in the City of London.
In 2005 he set up, and now manages, Robert Fleming Insurance Brokers (RFIB) Middle East, now, since 2020, Tysers Insurance Brokers Ltd., in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
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