Lisa Thumwood arrived in Minsk in August 2018 to take up her appointment as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy. Prior to this she had been working in the political section of the British Embassy in Kyiv since late 2014.
Lisa began her career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2003 in the Estates and Security Directorate. She has also served in London in the Syria Team, China Department and G8 Team.
Lisa has a degree in Sociology and a keen interest in travelling and baking, and likes to combine the two, picking up new recipes along the way.
Deputy Head of Mission, Belarus
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.