Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Honiara

Paul Dryden

Paul Dryden



Paul joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1990

  • 1990-1992: Finance Department

  • 1992-1993: ECMM Zagreb, Chancery

  • 1993-1995: BHC Ottawa, Chancery

  • 1995-1998: Deputy Governor’s Office, Hamilton

  • 1999-2001: BE Ashgabat, Vice Consul

  • 2002-2004: Consular Directorate, FCO

  • 2005-2008: BDHC Kolkata, Vice Consul

  • 2008-2012: BE Kuwait, Head of Visa Section

  • 2012-2016: Counter Terrorist Department, FCO

Deputy Head of Mission, British High Commission Honiara

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.