Richard assumed the role of Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy in Helsinki in September 2016. His previous roles included work on energy and climate change issues in Mexico, as well as time in India, Bulgaria and Colombia. Richard also worked at the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York as well as in the former Department of Energy and Climate Change.
|September 2016 - present||Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy in Helsinki, Finland|
|2012 – 2016||Mexico City, Mexico, First Secretary, Climate Change, Energy and Low Carbon Prosperity|
|September 2011 – December 2011||Mumbai, India, First Secretary Financial Services and Infrastructure India|
|2010 – 2011||DECC, Head of Developing Country Engagement for Climate Change and Energy|
|2008 - 2010||FCO, Energy Security of Supply Desk Officer - Russia, Ukraine, Caspian Region and Turkey|
|2004 - 2007||Sofia, Bulgaria, Second Secretary (EU/Economic)|
|2000 – 2003||British Council Colombia, Deputy Director|
|1998 – 2000||International Director, Children’s Museum, Bogotá, Colombia|
|1995 – 1997||Bogotá, Colombia, Third Secretary Commercial|
|1992 – 1995||UK Mission to the UN, New York, Third Secretary|
|1990 – 1992||Joined FCO. Information Systems Department (Resources)|
Chargé d’Affaires, Finland
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.