Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Kyiv since February 2016.
Helen is responsible for the effective operations of the Embassy, which includes just over 60 staff in Kyiv. She is HM Consul in Ukraine; deputises for the Ambassador in her absence; and works on economic and political issues.
Helen’s last position before coming to Ukraine was as Counsellor for Regional Security and ASEAN at the British Embassy in Jakarta from 2012 to 2015. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2002 and in her previous roles has worked on the Western Balkans and the Middle East, including postings to the British Embassy in Tripoli (2005-08) and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk (2004).
Deputy Head of Mission, Ukraine
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.