Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Tokyo

Dr David Ellis

Dr David Ellis



Dr Ellis took on the role of Minister and Deputy Head of Mission on 1 August 2016. He is responsible for advancing UK-Japan relations on political and security issues. He also oversees the consular and visa operations as well the Embassy’s corporate operations.

2011 - 2015 Minister-Counsellor (Political), British Embassy Beijing. Responsibilities included leading political teams covering Chinese domestic politics, human rights, and foreign and security policy.

2007 - 2011 Director of Corporate Services and Consul-General, British Embassy Tokyo. Responsibilities included consular, security, corporate change programmes.

2004 – 2007 Deputy Head of Afghanistan Group, FCO London. Responsibilities included planning and delivery of the UK’s security policy for Southern Afghanistan.

2002 - 2004 Deputy Head of Far Eastern Department, FCO London. Responsibilities included China-EU relations, Cross-Straits relations, East Asian security, Human Rights and UK-China bilateral relations.

1999 – 2002 1st Secretary (Political), British Embassy, Beijing. Responsibilities included reporting and analysis of domestic politics, analysis of senior leadership policies and ideological developments.

1996 - 1999 Joined the FCO. Research Officer, then Senior Research Officer, North East Asia and Pacific Research Group, Research Analysts. Specialised in Chinese politics and East Asian Security.

David holds a MA (Hons) in Chinese and a PhD in 17th century Chinese literature, both from the University of Edinburgh.

Minister and Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Tokyo

The Minister and 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.