British Ambassador to Portugal

Kirsty Hayes

Kirsty Hayes

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Biography

Mrs Kirsty Isobel Hayes is Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Portuguese Republic since September 2014. Mrs Hayes joined the FCO in 1999. Her most recent post was as Head of the FCO’s International Organisation Department, where she was responsible for policy on the United Nations, the Commonwealth, OSCE, war crimes and sanctions, and was the UK’s lead negotiator at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She has had postings in Washington and Hong Kong, as well as spending three years in Sri Lanka accompanying her husband who was then British High Commissioner. Whilst in London she has worked on areas including the European Union, the environment, human resources and communications.

She is married to Dr. Peter Hayes and has one daughter and one son.

British Ambassador to Portugal

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.