Mr Anderson has been Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since 2016 with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is also a former Ambassador to Afghanistan and High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands and Samoa. Prior to joining DFAT he spent eight years as an Australian Army Officer, including three years as Troop Commander, Royal Australian Engineers (1988–1991) and four years as a Careers Adviser with the Soldier Career Management Agency in Melbourne (1992–1995). Mr Anderson was awarded the Public Service Medal for his role in leading the humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 Pacific tsunami.
Mr Anderson has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Strategic Studies from Deakin University, and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. He is also a Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.