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Patong Beach
Four Points By Sheraton, Patong
198/8-9 Thawewong Rd
Kathu, Phuket 83150

Dear Members and Guests:

You are cordially invited to RCOPB weekly dinner meeting at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Patong Beach.  Our speaker for Tuesday, 29th November is HE Matthew Barclay - Australia​ Consul​ General​ for​ Phuket​​ with the topic of "Diplomacy in the time of COVID"

HE Matthew gave a talk at our meeting a few years ago and it was both informative and enjoyable.  We look forward to seeing him again next week.  


HE Matthew's CV:


On 28 August 2019, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced the appointment of Mr Matthew Barclay as Australia's next Consul-General in Phuket with responsibility for the provinces of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga.


Between 2015 and 2018 Matthew was the First Secretary (Political) at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Matthew was responsible for the Embassy’s domestic political liaison and strategic education outreach.


Prior to this posting, Matthew was a policy adviser in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Consular and Crisis Management Division. In this position Matthew provided advice to Ministers and the Departmental executive on management of complex consular cases in the Asia-Pacific region.


Between 2012 and 2013 Matthew served alongside Australian, Slovak and US armed forces in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, as a DFAT political adviser within the Uruzgan Provincial Reconstruction Team. In this role Matthew led the Australian Government’s Interagency Detainee Monitoring Team which liaised with local authorities on the welfare of Afghan detainees. Matthew also regularly reported on political, security, legal and human rights developments in the province.


Prior to joining DFAT, Matthew worked in the Department of Defence on international policy, public affairs and capability development matters. Between 2007 and 2011 Matthew’s primary focus was Australia’s defence relationship with Timor-Leste. In this role Matthew served in Timor-Leste as an international policy advisor to the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force and later as a strategy and governance advisor to the Timor-Leste Secretariat of State for Defence and the Timor-Leste Defence Force.


Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) from Edith Cowan University.


Matthew speaks Indonesian and Thai, and has also completed a Certificate III in vocational Tetum – the language of Timor-Leste.


Matthew is a recipient of the Australian Operational Service Medal (Civilian) for his service in Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. Matthew has also received the US Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the NATO ISAF Medal for his service in Afghanistan.

Matthew is married to Connie and enjoys cricket, reading about international relations and cinema.


Please kindly let our Club Admin Chair know by Registering or Declining the invitation, so hotel can be better prepared.   Our last board meeting of 2022 is also scheduled at 17:30 before the normal meeting.  All members are welcome to attend.

Come join the meeting and learn more about what we do at the Rotary Club of Patong Beach.  Registration cost is 500 THB including buffet dinner.  Local beer is 110 THB nett.


Yours in Rotary,


Best Wanamakok

President 2022-23

Rotary Club of Patong Beach