Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Beijing

Martyn Roper


Martyn Roper, Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Beijing, took up his position in July 2015.

Martyn joined the FCO in 1984, and his first job was in the Middle East Department where he was a part of the Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen Team. He has done a range of jobs in London including working on the United Nations, Middle East and Gibraltar, and has served overseas in a number of posts including Tehran, Maputo, Kuwait, Baghdad, Karachi and Brasilia. Martyn most recently served as British Ambassador to Algeria from December 2010 to May 2014.

Martyn is married with two children.

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Beijing

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 Algeria

    • 2010 to 2014