Nick Leake started his Post as Deputy Director and Head of Policy Division with the UK Government in Scotland in May 2018. He will ensure improved communication and policy coordination, in particular in key areas related to EU Exit including migration, agriculture and fisheries. He will also lead on international and defence policy for the UK Government in Scotland.
Nick served as Deputy Head of Mission and Head of the EU & Economic Section at the British Embassy Berlin between 2014-2018. As the lead senior official responsible for delivering EU Exit policy in Germany, Nick gave over 200 public presentations across the country, mainly to business groups, and supported Ministers and senior officials leading Brexit negotiations in London and Brussels.
Prior to Berlin, he served as High Commissioner to the Republic of Mauritius 2010 - 2014. Nick was also non-resident Chargé d’Affaires in Madagascar and non-resident Ambassador to the Union of the Comoros.
Nick joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1994 and started his career in the European Union Department in London, before serving in Budapest, Hungary (1996-2000) and at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels (2000-2002). Nick then left the FCO for a secondment with HM Treasury in London, and later worked for the Commission for Africa as part of the UK Presidency of the G8.
Returning to the FCO in January 2005, Nick was appointed Private Secretary to the Europe Minister (Denis MacShane) and then to the Minister for Trade and Asia (Ian Pearson). From 2006-2010 he served as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Nick comes from Newcastle in North-East England. He has a law degree from the University of Warwick, including study at the Universities of Saarbruecken (Germany) and Lille (France). He has an MBA from the Open University, and speaks German, Hungarian, French & Bulgarian.
Deputy Director, Policy Delivery and Relationship Management
The Deputy Director, Policy Delivery and Relationship Management is responsible for:
- Leading the Policy Division which works flexibly on policy priorities across sectors including defence, international trade, digital connectivity, broadcasting, asylum and immigration, City Deals and higher education;
- Working across the UK and Scottish Governments and with external stakeholders to ensure that the UK Government understands Scottish interests;
- Supporting ministers on reserved and key devolved subjects;
- Working with the Cabinet Office on improving UK Government devolution capability and engagem
Previous roles in government
Deputy Head of Mission, Germany
- 2017 to 2017
British High Commissioner to Mauritius
- 2010 to 2014