Mark Rakestraw is the Acting Consul General in St Petersburg. He took up the role in May 2017. Since October 2014, he has been Director of Corporate Services and Her Majesty’s Consul General at the British Embassy in Moscow. He occupies both roles whilst based in St Petersburg.
Mark is a career diplomat and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1988. His previous overseas appointments include:
2011-2014: Khartoum, Head of Corporate Services
2008: Beijing, Consular Manager at the Olympics
2004-2007: Cairo, HM Consul
1997-2000: Lisbon, HM Vice Consul and Entry Clearance Officer
Mark was born in Manchester. He met his wife Lorna in Athens whilst he was working there in the early 1990s.
British Consul General, St Petersburg
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.