James joined the Foreign Office (FCO) in November 2012, having previously worked in International NGOs, and before that in UK Local Government.
During his NGO career James worked in Southern Sudan (before it became an independent country), Rwanda, and Sierra Leone.
His first job in the FCO was as Burma Desk Officer. He was Head of Prisoner Policy, Consular Dept in London, prior to taking up his role as Deputy Head of Mission in Laos.
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Vientiane
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.