Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Ottawa

David Reed MBE


David arrived in Ottawa as Deputy High Commissioner to Canada in August 2018.

He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 2003, having worked previously in the City of London as a lawyer. His first posting was to the British High Commission in Nicosia, Cyprus where he focused on settlement negotiations. In London, he has worked in both the FCO and the Cabinet Office, where he focused on EU affairs. Before arriving in Ottawa, David served for a year as Deputy Head of Mission in Warsaw and four years at the British Embassy in Paris, where he was responsible for justice and home affairs co-operation.

David speaks fluent French. He is married to Susan and has two children.

Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Ottawa

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Poland

    • 2017 to 2018