British Ambassador to Portugal

Chris Sainty


Chris Sainty took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Portugal in September 2018. Previously, 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.

Chris studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford University. He is married with three children.

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British Ambassador to Portugal

The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Italy

    • 2011 to 2015