Keith Shannon was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Latvia in June 2017.
Born in Edinburgh in Scotland, Keith was educated at Craigmount High School and at the University of St Andrews, from which he graduated with an MA (Honours) degree in Modern History with International Relations.
Keith joined the Diplomatic Service in 1988. Before his first posting overseas as Third Secretary (Aid/Commercial) at the British Embassy Maputo (1991-1994), Keith worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London as an Assistant Desk Officer in European Community Department (Internal) (1989-1990), and then as a Desk Officer in Latin America Department (1990-1991).
After serving in Mozambique, Keith was posted to the British Embassy Paris as Second Secretary (Technology) (1995-1999), covering energy, transport and environmental issues. Keith then returned to the FCO as a First Secretary and worked as a Head of Section in Drugs and International Crime Department (1999-2002), and subsequently as a Head of Section in Financial Planning and Performance Department (2002-2003).
Keith’s recent overseas postings include Lithuania as Deputy Head of Mission and Her Majesty’s Consul (2004-2008) and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Moldova from 2009-2013.
Previously to taking up this appointment, Keith was Deputy Director of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Directorate at the FCO.
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British Ambassador to Latvia
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.
Previous roles in government
British Ambassador to Moldova
- 2009 to 2013