Deputy Head of Mission, Khartoum

David Lelliott


David Lelliott has been Deputy Head of Mission and Consul General at the British Embassy Khartoum since August 2017.

David is a career diplomat with over twenty years of experience. He has previously worked in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Europe, as well as two spells in London.

He has handled a wide range of portfolios, notably on conflict prevention and resolution, having served in Liberia from 2003-2006, immediately after the civil war there, and in Southern Sudan from 2008-09, with a spell in between as Conflict Prevention Team Leader at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He has also worked on trade promotion (in Mexico from 2000-2003); other appointments (in Iraq, Qatar and Gibraltar) have focused on political, governance and media work.

His most recent appointment before Sudan was as Deputy High Commissioner and Head of Post in Chandigarh, India, where he established and led a new diplomatic mission responsible for representing the UK and building relations across five Indian states with a population of over 140m.

In 2006, following his return from Liberia, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). He is accompanied in Khartoum by his wife and their two children.

Deputy Head of Mission, Khartoum

The Deputy Head of Mission is a senior diplomat and an important advisor to the Ambassador. The Deputy is responsible for the daily management of the Embassy and represents the UK’s interests in the absence of the Ambassador as Chargé d’Affaires.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh

    • 2013 to 2017