BIOT Administration

The flag of the BIOT flies above the FCO in London, the home of the BIOT Governmental Administration.

The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) Administration is based in the Overseas Territories Directorate (OTD) in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London.

BIOT Commissioner

The Commissioner is overall responsible for the BIOT. His full time job is the Director of the OTD which encompasses 14 British Overseas Territories. His role as BIOT Commissioner occupys only a small part of his time.

Mr Colin Roberts was BIOT Commissioner from July 2008 until October 2012. He has been appointed as Governor of the Falkland Islands in 2014. 
On 17 October 2012, Dr Peter Richard Hayes took over as BIOT Commissioner and Director OTD.
Dr Hayes was born on 11 April 1963. He is a graduate of the University of Surrey where he studied Physics. His PhD in nuclear physics was awarded by King's College, London University.
Prior to joining the FCO he worked as:
1989-90     Post doctoral ressearch associate - King's College, London
1990-93     Senior Scientific Officer National Physical Laboratory
1993-4       Department of Trade & Industry - Management & Technology Services
1994-6       Head of Competition Issues, Office of Science & Technology, Cabinet Office
1996-8       Assistant Director Int
1998-2000 Deputy Head Environment, Science and Energy Group, FCO
2000-1  Director of Nuclear Decommissioning, Department of Trade & Industry
He joined the FCO in 2001:
2001-5    Counsellor then Consul General, British Embassy, Washington DC
2005-7    Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett, David Miliband)
2008-10  High Commissioner Sri Lanka & non-resident High Commissioner to the Maldives
2011-12  On secondment as Head of Public Affairs, London Stock Exchange

BIOT Section

The BIOT Section or BIOT Administration consists of a Head of Section (who is the BIOT Administrator), a Deputy and one desk officers. 
A new Head of Section/ BIOT Administrator, Mr Tom Moody, was appointed in July 2013. Mr Moody is an external appointee, formerly with the Ministry of Justice. He is also the Director of Fisheries for BIOT.

Diego Garcia

Cdr Lee Hardy RN (left) at a change of command ceremony, Diego Garcia.

There a small Royal Navy/ Royal Marine detachment (approx 40 strong) stationed on the island of Diego Garcia, otherwise known as the Permanent Joint Operating Base (PJOB). The Commanding Officer is normally a Royal Navy Commander. The present appointee is Commander Lee Hardy RN. 

The Commanding Officer is also the resident British Representative for the Commissioner and fulfils a number of civil functions such as Magistrate. The detachment also carries out policing and customs and excise duties in the Territory, and is responsible for liaising with the US forces stationed on the island. 


BIOT Scientific Adviser

In November 2013 Dr Mark Spalding was appointed scientific adviser to the BIOT Commissioner. The post was first created in the early 1990s and was formerly held by John Topp and then Charles Sheppard, each for a period of about 10 years.

Mark is a graduate and post-graduate of Cambridge University (Clare College) and is currently a visiting fellow in the Department of Zoology and a Senior Marine Scientist on the Global Marine Team of the Nature Conservancy. He has been involved in scientific research in the Chagos since the 1990s