Minister and Deputy Head of Mission to Russia

Martin Harris OBE


Martin Harris is the Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Moscow. He took up his assignment in April 2014.

Martin Harris joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1991. He was Second Secretary at the UK Delegation to the OSCE in Vienna from 1992 to 1996. After leading the FCO’s Pakistan and Afghanistan Section in 1997-1998, he went to the British Embassy in Moscow to run the UK’s programme of technical assistance in the Russian Federation from 1999 until 2003.

He then moved to the British Embassy in Kiev where he was Consul General and Deputy Head of Mission. He returned to London in 2008 working as an adviser in the Cabinet Office on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2010 he was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Romania, a post he held until April 2014.

Martin Harris was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

Martin is married to Linda MacLachlan. They met as students in Cambridge where they both sang in the chapel choir of Corpus Christi College. They have three daughters, Catriona, Tabitha and Flora.

Minister and 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 Ambassador to Romania

    • 2010 to 2014


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