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Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory

Commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory
Coat of arms of the British Antarctic Territory
Standard of the commissioner
Paul Candler
since 1 July 2021
AppointerCharles III
as King of the United Kingdom
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderEdwin Porter Arrowsmith
Merrick Baker-Bates
First Commissioner
DeputyMs Jane Rumble
Deputy Commissioner

The commissioner for the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), is the head of government in the Antarctic Territory of the United Kingdom. As one of the British Overseas Territories, the commissioner is appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The British Antarctic Territory was established as a separate British overseas territory in 1962.[1] Originally from 1962 to 1990, a high commissioner was appointed to oversee the territory who was also Governor of the Falkland Islands. In 1990, administration of the BAT was transferred to a commissioner based in London.

Since 1998, the commissioner of the BAT has also served as Commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory.

Prior to 1962, the area was a part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies and as such was administered by the governor of the Falkland Islands.[2]

This is a list of high commissioners and commissioners of the British Antarctic Territory (BAT), the area of Antarctica claimed by the United Kingdom.

High commissioners

(also governors of the Falkland Islands)


(non-resident; based in London)

See also


  1. ^ "About the Territory". British Antarctic Territory. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
  2. ^ "History of the Territory". British Antarctic Territory. Retrieved 6 August 2023.
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