British Ambassador to Afghanistan

Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG


Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG took up his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in August 2017.

He has previously served as UK’s Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa.

Sir Nicholas Kay’s previous roles include:

2013 – 2016 Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

2012 – 2013 Foreign Commonwealth Office, Director Africa

2010 – 2012 FCO, Ambassador to the Republic of Sudan

2007 – 2010 FCO, Ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo

2006 – 2007 UK Regional Co-ordinator Southern Afghanistan

2002 – 2006 FCO, Deputy Head of Mission, Madrid

2000 – 2002 FCO, Deputy Head, Policy Planning Staff

1997 – 2000 FCO, Deputy Head of Mission, Havana

1995 – 1997 FCO, Head, Pakistan and Afghanistan Section, South Asian Department

1988 – 1990 Founder, Leading Edge Training Systems

1980 – 1994 English language teacher in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Peru, Brazil, Spain and the UK

Sir Nicholas Kay is married to Susan Kay and has three children.

British Ambassador to Afghanistan

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.


  1. UK-Afghanistan relations are in extraordinarily good shape: Speech by Sir Nicholas Kay