Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Buenos Aires

Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow



Richard Barlow is Deputy Head of Mission in Buenos Aires.

He arrived in Argentina in August 2013.

He joined Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in the year 2000 and worked for a year in the FCO’s European Union Directorate.

In 2002 he took up his post as Second Secretary (Political) in Brasilia.

He returned to London in 2006 as Team Leader in the FCO’s European Union Directorate, responsible for EU budgetary reform, bilateral relations with Ireland, Austria and the Czech Republic, and preparations for the European Council summits.

In 2009, Richard moved to Mexico to serve as Political and Economic Counsellor at the British Embassy in Mexico City, where he stayed until 2013.

Richard graduated with an honours degree in Modern History from Oxford University and was awarded an exhibition by Merton College. He also has a Master’s degree in British Imperial History and Decolonisation from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Buenos Aires

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.