Deputy Head of Mission to the USA

Michael Tatham


Michael has been Deputy Ambassador to the USA since January 2018. He has completed a number of diplomatic postings and has specialised in supporting post-communist transition processes and conflict resolution in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans.

He has previously served as Director Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Political Coordinator and Head of Political Section at the UK Mission to the United Nations, British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Head of Western Balkans Group and Balkans Coordinator, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Prague Private Secretary (Foreign Affairs) to Prime Minister.

Michael is married and has one daughter. In his spare time, Michael enjoys travel, skiing, theatre and cooking. From his time living in New York, he is a keen fan of the New York Mets. He is passionate about craft beer and the music of Bob Dylan.

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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