University of Oxford. University of Warwick.
He previously served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as a representative to various bodies of the European Union, and as British Ambassador to Ukraine 2006–2008. From there he went to the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in 1986 and served as a desk officer for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the Western European Department between 1987 and 1988.
From 1988 to 1989 he under took Russian language training.
He took part in the British Days Exhibition in Kiev in 1989 and from 1990 until 1993 was the second secretary at the British Embassy in Moscow. Between 1993 and 1994 he headed the Russia Section in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and between 1994 and 1996 was a Private Secretary to a Minister of State.
Barrow became First Secretary of the United Kingdom"s representatives to the European Union between 1996 and 1998, before returning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1998 as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. Barrow served as Head of the Common Foreign and Security Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2000 and 2003, and then as Assistant Director at European Union External between 2003 and 2005.
He was then Deputy Political Director at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2005 and 2006.
In 2006 he was appointed as Her Majesty Ambassador to Ukraine in 2006, taking up the post in July that year and holding it until 2008. He then returned to Brussels as a representative to the Political and Security Committee and Britain"s ambassador to the Western European Union. He held these posts until 2011, when he was appointed the United Kingdom"s ambassador to the Russian Federation.
He succeeded Dame Anne Pringle, the first woman ever to have held the post in the 450 years of its existence.
Barrow announced that he was
.. very pleased to be returning to Russia. I have good memories of working in Moscow in the early "90s.
I look forward to getting to know again this vast and dynamic country and to continuing the steady work of developing relations between our two countries. Barrow"s appointment was announced on 2 August 2011, and he took up the post in November that year.
In November 2015 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that he was to be replaced in Russsia and would transfer to another Diplomatic Service appointment.