Matthew Field was appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2018.
Matthew has previously served in a number of overseas political and policy roles, since joining the Diplomatic Service in 2003. He was Political Counsellor and Head of Political and Security Group in the British Embassy in Brasilia, overseeing staff and projects from five different government departments.
In the EU Mission in Skopje, he served as a political adviser to the EU Special Representative, liaising with political parties and civil society. He was Head of EU and Political Team in the British Embassy in Zagreb, working on Croatia’s EU accession talks. Most recently, Matthew was seconded to the EU Special Representative Office in Sarajevo, as a Senior Adviser and Head of Political.
Matthew has carried out a number of responsibilities in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, including managing the UK-Argentina relationship, leading UK-Brazil Olympic cooperation, coordinating with the EU on the Middle East Peace Process, as Israel desk officer, and in strategic resource management. Prior to joining the Diplomatic Service, he worked for the international development charity Oxfam, and the Japan 2002 World Cup Organising Committee.
Matthew has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, a Masters in Japanese Studies and a Masters of Business Administration, and was an Erasmus exchange student in Sweden.
Matthew is a keen cinephile and delighted to be living in the home of the world-famous Sarajevo Film Festival. He also likes to keep active, including football, swimming and snowboarding and hopes to visit many of the country’s beautiful mountains and lakes.
He is accompanied in Sarajevo by his wife, Martina, and their two sons.
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British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.