Deputy Head of Mission, Italy

Ken O'Flaherty


Ken O’Flaherty joined our Italy team in August 2015. A career diplomat, he brings experience from a number of Foreign Office Departments, as well as overseas postings in Paris, Tokyo and the UK Representation to the European Union. Ken has worked on a wide range of issues from EU cooperation to security, counter-terrorism and migration, economic and energy issues and the Middle East.

Ken studied Italian and French at Cardiff University, and was an ERASMUS student at Parma University. He is accompanied in Rome by his partner, and has one daughter.

Deputy Head of Mission, Italy

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Chargé d'Affaires, British Embassy Rome

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Deputy Head of Mission, Italy

    • 2015 to 2016