Deputy Head of Mission to the USA

Michael Tatham


Michael is Deputy Ambassador in Washington D.C. Before that he was the Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office from February 2015 until November 2017. He was previously the Political Coordinator in the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York. He has worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe, serving as Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2008 to 2011) and completing postings to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Between 1999 and 2002 Michael was Private Secretary (Foreign Affairs) to the Prime Minister.

Deputy Head of Mission to the USA

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. Director, Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    • 2015 to 2017