Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Lindsay Skoll


Lindsay joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1996, on return from working for the Japanese Ministry of Education and with a background in international public and cultural relations and foreign languages.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy Moscow, Lindsay has held a series of posts including British High Commissioner to the Republic of Seychelles (2012 - 2015) and Deputy Head of Mission in Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (2004 -2006).

Her numerous policy roles within the FCO have included North East Asia, the Gulf, Africa, Maritime Security, Climate Change and Russia.

She has a First Class Honours Degree in History with Russian and is married with one son and two step-children. Her interests include Scottish hill-walking, equestrianism, singing, scuba diving and music.

Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

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. British High Commissioner to Seychelles

    • 2012 to 2015
  2. Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    • 2004 to 2006