Mr Anderson is a senior career officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has returned recently from a posting as Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Mr Anderson has served as High Commissioner to Solomon Islands (2011–13) and High Commissioner to Samoa (2007–2011) and has also been posted to Papua New Guinea and South Africa. He was Chief Negotiator of the Australian-led Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville and undertook a Short Term Mission to Cambodia.
Mr Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University and a Master of Arts from Monash University and is a Graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal for his role leading the humanitarian and consular response to the 2009 Pacific tsunami.