Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bangkok

Margaret Tongue

Margaret Tongue

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Biography

Margaret took up her appointment as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Thailand in April 2016.

Margaret has a long-standing interest in the region, with an undergraduate degree in Chinese Studies and a Masters in International Politics of Asia. Since joining the Foreign Office in 2000 she has had a number of postings in Asia, working in Sri Lanka during the ceasefire of 2002-05, where she led on internal politics, the peace process and conflict resolution; in Taiwan, where she was Deputy Head of Mission and Director of UK Trade & Investment; and China and Japan, where her focus was on regional security and foreign policy. She has also worked in London on South East Asia, Iran and peacekeeping. She speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Bangkok

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.