Between 1993 and 1997, Myles was based in Nairobi as Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa, responsible for British Government development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper ‘Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington from 1997 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2004 was based in Addis Ababa as British Ambassador to Ethiopia and Djibouti. Myles was Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA) from early 2004 to late 2005 – The Commission’s Report ‘Our Common Interest’ formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa. In September 2010, the Commission produced a follow-up Report – ‘Still Our Common Interest’ – to report on progress against the CfA’s recommendations.
As well as being Non-Executive Director at Development Initiatives, Myles is Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and Honorary Associate Professor at Exeter University. He is an Advisor to Hand in Hand International and is on the Boards of a number of non-governmental organisations, Trusts and Foundations – the Baring Foundation, International Inspiration, Restless Development, the Joffe Charitable Trust and Enterprise for Development. He is on the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, and is Honorary Vice-President of VSO. His book: ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’ was published by Oxford University Press in June 2015.
Myles has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on Africa. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.