Kirsty Hayes


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.

Previous roles in government

  1. British Ambassador to Portugal

    • 2014 to 2018