Aidan Liddle has been Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Stockholm since July 2014. Since joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2003 he has largely focussed on EU affairs, including serving in the UK’s Mission to the EU in Brussels during the UK Presidency of the EU in 2005, and most recently as Deputy Head of the EU Internal Department at the FCO in London. He has also served in Pakistan, as head of press and public affairs at the British High Commission in Islamabad from 2006-2008, and in London as Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary (the civil servant Head of the FCO and Diplomatic Service), and head of the Southern Africa section in Africa Directorate. Before joining the FCO Aidan worked for the UK Government’s inward investment agency as desk officer for the Nordics.
Aidan was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and studied at Bristol Cathedral School, as a choral scholar, and Hertford College, Oxford, graduating with an MA in Classics. He is married to Helen, a musician and teacher.
Deputy Head of Mission, Sweden
The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and typically a key advisor to the Ambassador or High Commissioner. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of an overseas Embassy or High Commission. They will represent the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires. A senior ranking Deputy may also take the title Minister. Smaller missions may not have a Deputy Head.