Ian arrived in Minsk in August 2016 to take up his appointment as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy. Recently, his career has focused on Central and Eastern Europe having worked in Slovakia and Poland.
Ian began his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1987 in the Security Policy team and Lord Howe’s Private Office. In addition to Warsaw and Bratislava, he has been posted to Beijing, Dubai and Casablanca. He has also served in London as the Project Manager in the Strategic Coordination Section of the Overseas Territories Directorate, as Postings Officer in the Human Resource Directorate and as a World Trade Executive on secondment to the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ian has an MBA from the Open University. He is married to Alison, a Head of a Secondary School and has one son and one daughter. He supports Middlesbrough Football Club and is a former captain of the Diplomatic Service Cricket Club.
Deputy Head of Mission, Belarus
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.