Anthony Cary served as British Ambassador to Sweden (2003-6) and High Commissioner to Canada (2007-10). Previous diplomatic postings included Berlin, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC. He served twice on secondment to the European Commission in Brussels, as deputy head of Leon Brittan's office there, and as head of Chris Patten’s. During a career break in the early 1980s he took an MBA at Stanford Business School on a Harkness Fellowship.
He is currently a Commonwealth Scholarship Commissioner in the UK, and hon President of the Canada-UK Council. In 2015 he was – for the third time – a Cundill History Prize juror.
He married Clare Elworthy in 1975. They have three sons and a daughter.