Matthew Lawson has been Deputy Head of the Embassy in Sarajevo since July 2015. He has come to Sarajevo from Ottawa, Canada, where he headed up the economic and energy side of the Embassy.
Matthew has been posted previously to Bosnia and Herzegovina, serving as Head of Office in Banja Luka from 2005-2007, and then Political Adviser to High Representative/EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajcak in 2007-2008. His last role in London was as Joint Head of the FCO’s Policy Planning Unit. He has a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York, and a Masters in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
When not working, Matthew enjoys tennis, skiing and hiking in the mountains around Sarajevo.
Deputy Head of Mission, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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.