Chris Sainty


Chris Sainty will take up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal in summer 2018. He was the Deputy Head of Mission for Italy from August 2011 to August 2015. A career diplomat, he brings experience from a number of Foreign Office Departments as well as overseas postings in India, Pakistan, Spain and the Netherlands. Chris has spent much of his career working on European Union issues: he headed the Foreign & Commonwealth Office team responsible for the organisation of the UK’s presidency of the EU in 2005.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Italy

    • 2011 to 2015