Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps

Neil Holland

Biography

Neil Holland was appointed Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in November 2017.

Previously Neil was Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Dublin from August 2013 until August 2017. Before being posted to Ireland, Neil worked in the British Embassy in Washington DC covering Europe, Security Policy and the Former Soviet Union. This followed a posting to the British Embassy in Berlin as First Secretary Political External. Prior to this he led the NATO team in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Neil is married with 3 daughters and 1 son.

Follow Neil on Twitter: @Neil_R_Holland

Director of Protocol and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps

The Director of Protocol works to the Foreign Secretary, through the Chief Operating Officer and the Permanent Under Secretary, and is responsible for advice on all matters of Protocol and for the work described above.

The Director is also appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as Vice-Marshal and works in support of the Marshal in managing and promoting the relationship between the Royal Households and the members of the diplomatic corps.

The Director’s work includes:

  • the relationship with the foreign diplomatic missions and international organisations based in the UK
  • diplomatic and VIP security
  • the FCO’s relationship with the Royal Households
  • logistics for major conferences and events
  • inward State and Guest of Government visits
  • Government Hospitality

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Head of Mission, Dublin, Ireland

    • 2013 to 2017