Mr Thomson is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has previously served as Counsellor at the Australian High Commission in Papua New Guinea and as First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in China. He was most recently Assistant Secretary, North East Asia Branch.
Mr Thomson holds a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia. He speaks Swedish and Mandarin.