Deputy Head of Mission, Finland

Richard Shackleton

Richard Shackleton

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Biography

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)

Deputy Head of Mission, 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.